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Bikers invited to Honour Ride for Heroes

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Bradford biker Chris Eden has issued an invite to all Yorkshire motorcyclists to join the 2013 Ride of Honour a mass motorcycle ride in aid of military charities.

The 55-mile Sunday ride out will take place on September 22nd, leaving Squires Café at Sherburn-in-Elmet at 11am to arrive in Catterick Garrison in time for lunch.

There, they are being hosted by Help for Heroes northern Rehabilitation Centre, Phoenix House, which the riders will have the opportunity to look around before setting off home.

It’s the third year in succession that Chris, an HGV technician, has organised the fundraising event. To date, it has raised £13,500, which has been shared out between Help for Heroes, the Black Rat Fund and SOS,this years ride is sponsored by Bike Tyres Leeds and Scorpion Exhausts UK.

“I feel very strongly about what our servicemen and women do and this is my way of helping and supporting them,” said the 40-year-old.

Money is raised through the £15 participation fee, in return for which the bikers receive a commemorative T-shirt. Pillion riders are free.

Last year, the Ride of Honour comprised 750 bikes and trikes from all over Yorkshire, Humberside, Lancashire and the North East and Chris is hoping for the same number – if not more – this year.

Phoenix House Manager, Mo Usman, said he was delighted by the show of support from the biking fraternity.

“Their monetary donation is, of course, very welcome and will be invested well in our work to provide direct, practical assistance by funding projects and individual support that make a real difference throughout the life of wounded servicemen and women, veterans and their families,” said Mo.

“But we are aware that many bikers are ex servicemen themselves and, equally important to us, is the role those who visit Phoenix House can play in spreading the word about what we do so that no one who needs help slips through the net. We are here to assist veterans, however long ago they were discharged.”

Anyone interested in joining The Ride of Honour to Catterick needs to register in advance at www.rideofhonour.com. All those who register will go into a prize draw to win a pair of Michelin tyres worth up to £240.

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