World record breaker joins motorbike ride for brain charity
Global motorbike adventurer Nick Sanders will lead hundreds of riders on a fundraising journey for this year’s Great Brain Ride from Liverpool city centre to Chester.
Nick and the North West’s big-hearted bikers will raise thousands of pounds on Saturday July 30, for The Brain Charity, based in Norton Street, Liverpool.
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The annual Great Brain Ride is organised by Bikers for Neuro (BFN) and is supported this year by Birchall Blackburn Law. BFN is a free to join motorbike club that raises awareness and funds for brain, spinal injury and neurological charities.
Nick says: “We all know, or have heard of someone, who has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. In some cases, the rider simply won’t make it through and for those that do, the road to recovery can be a long and painful one. It takes time, it takes courage and for many people, life will never be the same again.
“Our activities are intended to help bikers with such injuries access resources that may help them and to ensure that they continue to feel connected with the biking community. One of the main reasons we chose to help The Brain Charity is because they support bikers throughout the UK who have suffered brain or spinal injuries. The charity has been around for 22 years and the work it does is vital.”
Dianne Yates, Partner and Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury for Birchall Blackburn Law, says: “We know from the biker’s we’ve helped that it’s devastating if you can’t ride because of a brain injury. Overnight they lose a huge part of their life, a community and the chance to see many friends. How do you come back from that? Without BFN, the Great Brain Ride and The Brain Charity, there is a risk of former bikers becoming isolated, lonely and depressed. So, the event is vital to bikers and we’re honoured to support them.”
Nanette Mellor, CEO of The Brain Charity, says: “It’s lovely to know that under all the helmets, leather and engine roars, our bikers have such big hearts. BFN are a fantastic bunch and raise awareness, and a lot of funding, for The Brain Charity through the Great Brain Ride. We can’t thank Nick and BFN enough.
“Being diagnosed with a brain and spinal injury can be a frightening and bewildering experience. People can face unemployment, poverty, and social isolation as a result. Through the work we do, and with the support of wonderful groups like BFN and businesses like Birchall Blackburn Law, we guide people through the hard times and help them reach their potential.”
The Brain Charity offers emotional support, practical help and social activities for anyone with a neurological condition and to their family, friends and carers. It supports people with neurological conditions to live longer, healthier, more active lives.
Nick is an author, extreme motorcyclist and patron of BFN. He has ridden around the world seven times, including two record breaking tours. He has also ridden the length of the Americas eight times and currently holds the record for riding from Alaska to Ushuaia and back in 46 days.
On the day for the Great Brain Ride, Nick will be on hand to chat, have photographs taken, sign books and tell you of his many adventures. All bikers are welcome and the route is learner friendly. Families in the car are also very welcome and there is plenty of parking at the Lakeside in Cheshire.
The event starts at 9am at The Brain Charity in Norton Street for breakfast. The ride will leave Liverpool for Chester Lakes at 10.30am. When the riders reach Chester Lakes there is live music, great food and camping. Tickets cost just £5 and include tea, coffee and a bacon or sausage butty at the start line. Camping costs £10 per night. All proceeds go to The Brain Charity.
To book tickets and camping, call 0151 298 2999 and mention The Great Brain Ride, or go to www.TheBrainCharity.org.uk/bike
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