THE call of the open road has resulted in nearly £800 being raised for the Redditch branch of the national charity Victims Support.
Craig Tuplin, who was born, grew up and went to the school in the town, rode his motorcycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the summer and since his return has been watching the money roll in from supporters.
“The forecast said it was going to be warm weather but it rained most of the way,” said Craig, who now lives in Droitwich with his partner Rachel Peake.
On the trip Craig met his parents, who still in Redditch, at Frankley Services on the M5 and all was going well until just after Blackpool on the M6 when he picked up a major puncture.
Struggling, he managed to make it to the next service station where he waited for the AA to come out.
“They put me back on the road but I was limited to 50mph due to the puncture repair,” said Craig who works for security services firm G4S.
Victim Support is a cause close to his heart – his dad Barry volunteers for the charity in Redditch and Craig himself has made use of its services after becoming a victim of crime himself after being caught up in a burglary at his place of work.
“Victim Support is a free, independent charity which supports victims of crime whether it’s been reported to the Police or not,” said Barry, who lives in Church Hill.
“Not many people know we have an office in the Ecumenical Centre that’s open five days a week but we offer emotional and practical support, telephone support and we can go out and visit victims of crime.”
For more details of Victims Support call Liz Finn on 01527 66462 or 01905 726885 or pop into the Ecumenical Centre between 9am and 5pm Mondays to Fridays.