Each year there is a ride out of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford in aid of the Bike4Life initiative which was raising funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance. This time the Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikers were honoured to be invited by organisers, the Midland Free Wheelers, to lead off the massive procession of motorcycles.
This was in recognition of the wonderful support work this voluntary organisation does to transport for example blood, bone marrow samples and breast milk and various other essential fluids between hospitals across the three counties. Neil Sanders is a body shop technician at Greenhous Ford in Newtown and is a volunteer Blood Biker. He gives his free time each Friday to provide this essential service.
Neil says of the event: “It was a true honour for the SSCBB to be offered the opportunity to ride at the head of the procession with the celebrity riders. We got the chance to meet former World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty and former British Superbike Champion and Moto GP presenter Steve Parrish, as well as former England Rugby International Mike Tindall MBE who rode on his Harley Davidson Soft Tail Break Out.
“3 to 4,000 motorcycles were ridden in the 23 mile convoy arriving at RAF Cosford to a festival atmosphere where road safety is the focus. It is a non-alcoholic event with bands, food stalls, freestyle biking displays and there are so many fascinating machines to admire and chat to owners about.
“The SSCBB are also delighted to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.”
Later in the summer the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Algernon Heber Percy will present the QAVS Certificate and Crystal to the SSCBB.