Bikers ride out for soldiers

Hundreds of motorcylists starting on their Ride of Respect to Catterick from Sunderland. The riders set off from the Hells Angels Clubhouse on Murton Street on a ride organised by the Badlanders MCC.

Hundreds of motorcylists starting on their Ride of Respect to Catterick from Sunderland. The riders set off from the Hells Angels Clubhouse on Murton Street on a ride organised by the Badlanders MCC.

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SCORES of bikers donned their leathers and rode in convoy to raise cash for war veterans.

Almost 200 motorbike riders set out from Sunderland to take part in the Ride of Respect to Catterick Garrison to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Bikers from across the North East gathered at the Hell’s Angels clubhouse before starting out on the journey to the rehabilitation centre to meet some of the troops being cared for there.

Joe Fairrie, who organised the charity event on behalf of the Badlanders motorcycle club, said the day was a huge success and they managed to raise £1,000.

He said: “We had a fantastic day and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

Joe said the members of the club were keen to support troops who are being injured in the line of duty.

He said: “The rehabilitation centre is vital to caring for those who have been injured.

“Some have missing limbs and some severe trauma, and getting them back on track to either continue in the forces or to live in civvy street.”

The bikers visited the multimillion-pound recovery centre, Phoenix House, at Catterick, which was opened last year thanks to cash from Help for Heroes.

It provides 40 bedrooms for service personnel and also plans to open some family rooms for loved ones.

There is also a support hub involving a collection of welfare agencies and other service charities which provide a one-stop shop for advice and support for the residents of Phoenix House as well as other veterans and their families.

To support Help for Heroes visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.

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