6th Dec, 2019

Motorcycle ride gives cash boost for people fighting cancer

Ross Crawford 15th Oct, 2018

NEARLY 100 motorcyclists roared away from the Rubicon Centre in Redditch last week on a fundraising ride for Claire Flatt who is living with cancer.

And the hope is that more than £2,000 can be raised for Claire’s chosen charity, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Claire learned last year that she has advanced cervical cancer and weeks later was told she had breast cancer too.

Undaunted she has thrown herself into fundraising for fellow cancer victims, raising more than £20,000 in the process.

She was also there on Sunday October 7 to wave the riders off despite undergoing a major operation only on Tuesday.

“It was a fantastic day, lovely sunshine and a great turnout too,” said event organiser Laura Smith, a friend of Claire’s and an advanced motorcycle instructor who runs Women Only Motorcycle Training from RMT at the Rubicon Centre.

Riders were asked to donate £10 to the cause to take part with cash from refreshments added to the total.

A raffle is still running, with tickets available from RMT, and further contributions from fun fines have sent the total rocketing upwards, boosted by more than £500 from a Just Giving page.

“We had a really good mix of riders, quite a few learners and they were all chuffed to bits with the ride – the pace was steady and we had 13 marshals on the route,” said Laura.

Anyone wishing to donate to the cause should visit Just Giving and key in WOMTcharityride.

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