A FANCY dress coast to coast charity motorcycle ride has brought a group closer to its target of raising £500,000 for good causes in the region.
Fifteen motorcycles and mopeds took part in the Boundary 500 motorcycle challenge, with most entrants kitted from head to toe in fancy dress costumes.
The group rode from Redcar Beacon to Whitehaven Beacon in the 145 mile trip in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which is reliant on donations to survive.
Brian Laverick, Boundary Motorcycle Club chairman, from Ingleby Barwick, said: “We received a lot of public support wherever we went and there were plenty of people putting money into our collecting tins.
“We are working very hard at raising not only awareness regarding our charities but asking people to donate generously. Our goal is to raise forty nine thousand pounds by the end of the year and if we do so then we will have reached our half a million goal in seven years.”
Councillor Sheelagh Clarke, a big supporter of Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group, turned out to wave the motorcyclists off.
Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “We couldn’t do without the support of Boundary, they do such a fantastic job.”
The Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group was formed in June 2006 and they have members from across the North East and Cumbria. Their sole aim is to raise funds for GNAAS and Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
For more information about future Boundary challenges, visit http://www.boundary500.co.uk/