Rochdale bikers show love for Ukraine with community bike ride

A neighborhood of motorcycle riders got here collectively for a charity bike journey to boost over £4,000 for Ukraine.

Primarily based at Packer Road in Rochdale, Brass Knuckle Riders is a gaggle of motorcycle fans made up of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Fashioned in 2017, they usually host bike driving occasions and fundraise for good causes.

Its members vary from 16-year-olds with mopeds to riders of their late 70s. Not too long ago, the group determined to host a charity bike journey to donate cash and medical provides to EastLancs4Ukraine, a workforce which is distributing support inside Ukraine.

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Brass Knuckle Riders inspired each taking part biker to donate what they might, and donations additionally poured in on-line. Round 1,426 bikers turned up at Birch Westbound companies on the M62 Motorway, did a full lap of the M60 motorway and ended up again on the companies.

Photo of over a thousand bikers at the charity bike ride
Over a thousand bikers confirmed as much as the charity bike journey

On Wednesday (30 March), Brass Knuckle Riders offered a cheque of £4,475 to EastLancs4Ukraine.

Spokesperson for the group Paul Whitaker, 53, instructed the MEN: “A lot of our members are ex-service personnel, who were in the Armed Forces. We also have Fire Brigade members and nurses, we have got a whole demographic. Our ex-servicemen and ladies know what it’s like to be in a warzone, to be put in danger. We all felt like we wanted to do something for Ukraine.

“It doesn’t matter what stroll of life you’re from, it touches you. We didn’t need to sit again and do nothing.”

Brass Knuckle Riders contacted East Lancs4Ukraine, and the coordinator, Harley Whitehead, told Paul that there was a huge demand for medical supplies.

Paul continued: “Being a British nationwide, Harley was in a position to go throughout the Polish border and he has been delivering support to Ukrainians who’re within the precise warfare zone. Harley instructed us that he wanted bandages, tourniquets and hospital-quality provides, reasonably than meals or clothes, which might perish on the journey to Ukraine.”

A photo of two bikers
Rochdale biking group Brass Knuckle Riders did a charity bike journey for Ukraine

The neighborhood bike journey was organised in simply 12 days. Bikers from everywhere in the North West confirmed as much as the occasion, as effectively folks from Birmingham and Scotland.

Paul added: “The bike journey was completely good.We had incredible suggestions from the police and Highways England. They had been actually impressed. We’re eternally grateful to the biking neighborhood, each female and male, younger and outdated.

“We want to reiterate to all the riders and all the people who came on the day and who donated, we are forever grateful. We’ve had many messages from people in Ukraine, saying thank you very much for what the British people are doing. It’s not just us, it’s British people that are doing this.

A photo of Brass Knuckle Riders with their cheque for Ukraine
Brass Knuckle Riders with their cheque for Ukraine

“That is what we’re all about. Brass Knuckle Riders is about displaying to the general public that the biking neighborhood is a really loving, caring and supportive neighborhood, due to what we have now gone by as people.

“Historically, bikers have had a bad reputation because of Hell’s Angels, but that era is gone. We have got riders of all ages and abilities who come along with their bikes, scooters, quad bikes and all sorts.”

EastLancs4Ukraine is ran by Harley Whitehead, 32, and his buddy Steve Dickinson. They’ve been distributing support to troopers and Ukrainians who’ve been injured. They’ve even managed to ship support to Russian-occupied territories and will likely be returning to distribute extra provides.

A photo of the EastLancs4Ukraine team distributing aid
The EastLancs4Ukraine workforce distributing support

Harley, who lives between Rochdale and Burnley, has been out and in of Ukraine for 3 years now. He mentioned: “It’s nice to see the support of Brass Knuckle Riders. We are kind of grassroots, so it’s important that people like us are supported.

“We have completed 6,200 miles in Ukraine in a two-week interval. That is 12 border crossings and over30 tons of support in complete. We have despatched a hell of a variety of medical provides like saline, scalpels and tourniquets to lads in Kyiv and thru the east of Ukraine.

“There was a guy who had his leg blown off andhe was hopping with his arms around his wife, he didn’t even have crutches. We went to one hospital and there were children with shrapnel wounds and they didn’t even have water. Donations will help us work around the curfews in Ukraine and with our logistics costs and getting the aid to the right places.”

To donate to EastLancs4Ukraine, discover them on Fb or observe the donation hyperlink right here.

Comply with Brass Knuckle Riders on Fb or Twitter.

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