ISS Labour Bearded Biker Raises Money for Air Ambulance

One of our colleagues Graham Carney recently took part in the bike4lifefest charity event in order to help raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance.  Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival is one of the biggest biker events in the country, attracting over 11,000 bikers.  Starting from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury, the Ride Out takes participants on a 23 mile route to RAF Cosford, home to the Bike4Life Festival.  This year’s ride out was led by Mike Tindall former England rugby captain, superbike champion and racing legend, Carl Fogarty and motorcycle and truck racing legend, Steve Parrish.

Graham commented “a very close friend’s parents volunteer for the air ambulance to raise funds and when I got to hear about this event I decided to join in to raise money for such a good cause.  The Air Ambulance state they airlift one motor cyclist from the roads every four days, so as a keen biker I knew I had to take part.  I recently had a baby boy whom my wife named Harley after I had just bought my first Harley Davidson (not my choice honestly).  My friends decided that as I was going to ride the Harley for the event rather than one of my other bikes I needed a beard!  I had to spend a few weeks looking somewhat scruffy and assuring people I wasn’t trying to emulate Rag n Bone Man.

The Journey was not without its dramas, part of the M54 had to be closed to accommodate all of the motorbikes and as for myself the headlight fell off my Harley halfway there and the number plate was lost too.  However, the good news is that this year’s total amount of money raised came in at an amazing £87,770 which will fund 35 future life-saving missions.  As for the beard, it was always my intention to shave it off after the event but when the day came my eight year old daughter was in tears as she loved Daddy’s beard.  A compromise was reached with a shorter version being retained.

I will definitely be taking part in this event next year as the charity completely relies on donations and provides such a valuable service saving many lives each year.  I hope that I can persuade some of my colleagues to take part too.”

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