Determined motorcyclists raised more than £3,500 for charity after embarking on a mammoth trek to all four corners of the UK. Ian Charlesworth, Chris Tebbit, Robert McDonald and Ethan and John Stenner visited the most Northerly, Southerly, Easterly and Western points used for motorcycle riding feats within 32 hours.
Starting at John O’Groats, in Scotland, they headed to St Davids, on the Welsh coast, and Land’s End, in Cornwall, before finishing in Lowestoft. The epic journey was in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and they revved into action at the crack of dawn on Saturday, 29th April.
Salesman Ian and technician Ethan are colleagues at Reiten Motorrad, in Glemsford. John is Ethan’s dad while Chris and Robert are friends from Tect Risk Services and A2B Motorcycle Movers respectively.
“There were a few minor hick-ups, including a couple of punctures, snow, rain and fog so bad you couldn’t see more than 20 yards,” said Ian, who lives in Stowmarket. “However, we completed the challenge safely and got back in one piece. It took us 32 hours from start to finish and the whole journey was more than 1,500 miles. To do that in one day, only stopping for fuel and snacks, was hard going but an amazing experience. We were all chuffed and, apart from a few back and knee aches, we’re all pretty much back to normal.”
Ian and Co. rode on BMW motorbikes and were delighted to raise so much for EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia.
“We were amazed by the support,” added Ian, 47. “Lots of people wanted to know about our fundraising and they donated money wherever we went. Before heading off on our challenge, we even had a letter of support from South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge. We hope the money helps in some way, because it’s a very good cause for very deserving little people.”
Ethan lives in Glemsford, John in Halstead, Essex, and Chris and Robert in Little Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire.
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Notes to Editors
“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”
- We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
- We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).