Gerty's Back End Party, 20-22 September 2013. Tickets; £13 pre book, £16 on the gate, under 16's FREE. £0.80pp for online orders.
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THE TOTAL RAISED FOR CHARITY SINCE 2010: £8528.20
In 2010 My, then, 12yr old daughter and I are did a sponsored trike run from; Hull and back via Lands End and John O'Groats. We covered a total of 1894 miles in 7 days. Jess was my pillion and navigator on the run.
Jess and I chose two charities that represented our different age groups and split the money raised 50/50 between them.
The Charities that benefited were;
A Charity that can provide specialist mobility equipment to children and young adults with disabilities so that they can be as independant as possible.
I grew up with a disability, I was involved in an RTA at 18months old,this left me paralysed from the waist down. Due to Pressure Sores I had both my legs and part of my pelvis removed. I have a good knowledge how cumbersome some of the equipment is that you receive from the NHS services, I also know how important it is as a child to be as independant as possible and so get a good healthy sense of self. Specialist disabled equipment is so expensive that alot of parents have no choice but to accept inadequate NHS wheelchairs. These can leave children dependent and isolated from their siblings and peers. The correct wheelchair releases them and allow kids to be kids.
NABD (National Association for Bikers with Disabilities).
A charity which can help get disabled bikers on their bikes or trikes. They provide advice on what adaptions are avaible as well as provide grants for the adaptions. NABD also fight for the rights of disabled bikers.
NABD helped me out when I was having my yamaha FZX 750 Fazer trike, Gertrude, built. They supplied the adaption and gave some money towards their fitting. Specialist disabled adaptations tend to be so expensive that a lot of disabled people can only afford the practical things in life. Being able to adapt a bike, trike or quad adds another dimension to a person’s life. If offers both enjoyment, freedom from the reality of pain and in some cases isolation. If you have you ever been in the cue for a rally on your bike or trike you'll know the feeling you get is not one that can be experienced in a car.
We started the run on Saturday 21 August 2010 from The Sportsman Pub, 451 Hedon Road, Hul, North Humberside. Finishing on Friday 27 August 2010 back at the sportsman Pub, raising in excess of £6000.
As well as raise money for our chosen charities, we hoped this event would raise awareness as to what disabled people are capable of, inspire children and adults, whether they are disabled or not to chase dreams and show how everyone has the potential to have a positive impact on someone elses life.
Following the run a few of us got together and decided we needed to put an event on to present the cheques properly and thank everyone that got involved. So on the weekend of 15th to 17th October 2010, we held the Dirty Gerty Rally at Breighton Ferry, selby. Raising another £1500 for the charities.
This rally was supposed to be a one of event but it was such a success and the fact that everyone got me drunk I was persuaded to hold another rally.
Laura Layley and myself set up a community fundraising bank account, making 'To Hull and Back' an official fundraising name.
We now raise money for:
The NABD, www.thenabd.org.uk
Caudwell Children, www.caudwellchildren.com. This clip explains what the do far better than I ever could, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adfG9ReBMbI. Every penny raised goes to the children, none is taken for administration.
Another venue was found, Dene Park Sports and Social Club, Beverley Road, Hull, HU6 0AA. And so, with the help of friends from Wozwolf Rally Club, Fat Maggot and others, on the weekend of 14th to 16th October 2011, the very first official Dirty Gerty Charity Rally took Place. Raising £1400 :0) xx
Thank you for your support xx
Together we ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! THANK YOU :O) XX