Good Morning Everyone
I can confirm this morning that SSBB will be taking part in the “BONE-shaker MARROW-thon” taking place at the start of next month! We will be showing our support by joining the ride out as well as having a stand at the family fun day event that follows. I have no doubt this event will be a great day out and will help raise vital funds for three very important charities. I have included the background/history to the event below (Taken from here), as I believe it highlights the reasons why SSBB should be involved, as well as all that is good about the biker community!
Help the QEHB Charity raise funds and awareness of blood cancer by taking part in the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon!
The motorbike ride from Birmingham to Burton on Trent takes place on Sunday 2nd March 2014 and has been organised by Steve Sinfield. Steve’s wife Katherine, 33, is a primary school teacher from Burton on Trent who was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in April 2013 following a visit to A&E.
What happened next was a whirlwind of publicity, newspaper articles, television appearances and of course, many months in hospital undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
Katherine chose to use her illness as a means of raising awareness and getting more people to sign the bone marrow register. Now Katherine is urging bikers to show what’s in their blood and join the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, Cure Leukaemia and Anthony Nolan.
Steve said: “We wanted to organise something with impact. Something which would get people talking, would help to raise awareness and would raise a substantial sum of money for the three charities involved.
“Katherine’s treatment started at the Queen’s Hospital in Burton on Trent before she was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and so we wanted something which could link the two. The idea of the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon is to literally ride Queens to Queens – one hospital to the other.
“The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has very kindly allowed us to start the ride from the rooftop of their main car park. We will then make a steady 35-mile journey back to Burton on Trent passing the Queen’s Hospital en-route. “Once back in Burton, there will be a family fun day at the home of Burton Albion Football Club – the Pirelli Stadium.”
Bikers wishing to take part are asked to make a £5 contribution at start of the ride and are asked to register their interest at www.katherines-story.com to enable organisers to cater for expected numbers. Donations can also be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/boneshaker
Fancy dress option:
As the route is Queen’s to Queen’s (Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – Queen’s Hospital, Burton-on-Trent) riders are encouraged to wear fancy dress. A prize will be awarded for the rider best-dressed as either HRH The Queen or Queen the band.