On the 25 and 26 July TBE was at The Old Copse Runway (Silverstone) and hosted eight riders. There were a variety of impairments from Leg Amputee and Brachial Plexus to MS and Paraplegia. Each rider enjoyed success and was riding around the designated area without the need to be led or followed by the end of the day.
We were also visited by representatives of the Mark Master Masons who had so generously donated the funds to allow the charity to purchase the Land Rover.
New TBE vehicle
We would like to extend our thanks to the Mark Benevolent Fund who supplied the charity with a grant to purchase a vehicle to tow the large TBE trailer. We chose a Land Rover Discovery 4 from Unit One Auto, which has the power to pull 3500kg, meeting the requirements needed.
Due to its storage location we were unable to completely wrap the vehicle, so opted for the magnetic signs which can be removed and stored inside the boot space.
Survival of The Bike Experience
The past two years have been extremely difficult for many charities. We have struggled to find any sources of funding in order to continue. Fortunately the charity has been able to link with a company called Complete Fundraising, who are applying for grants and developing a strategy to allow the charity to continue in 2023 and beyond.
The good news is that a few days ago the charity received news of a successful Awards For All grant that will pay for the unit rent (where kit is stored), Public Liability Insurance, bike maintenance and a small number of instructional events in 2023.
We have weathered the main storm, now we can begin to look forwards.
Isle Of Man TT Parade Lap
This August, Talan will be taking on the historic IOM TT course. He is participating in the ClassicTT Parade Lap on his Yamaha YZF-R6 race bike to raise awareness of disabled motorcycling and to raise money for the charity.
There is a Just Giving page for the lap and you can either donate through the site or send a cheque (made payable to THE BIKE EXPERIENCE) to 48 Pauls Place, Ashtead, Surrey, KT211HN.