BarbersRide 2022 have stormed past their target on this year’s epic fund raising road trip. Now in its sixth consecutive year, BarbersRide’s total funds reach over £110K for The Lion’s Barber Collective, London’t Great Ormond Street and Liverpool’s Alder Hey children’s hospitals and Make-A-Wish.
This year alone BarbersRide have raised £26K* with more donations still coming in for Make-A-Wish UK. Huzzah!
This year’s epic motorbike ride tackled an epic 800 miles across the South of England. On the 7th August a fine fellowship of mad-cap adventurers, united by their passion for bikes and barbering, set off from Weston-Super-Mare on a 5 day mission to support ‘Make-A-Wish’, a charity which turns the dreams of seriously ill children into real life magic.
Richie Finney, owner of Captain Fawcett Ltd is one of BarbersRide’s founding members and key sponsor of the annual road trip adventure. He says “It is a true pleasure to be part of bringing barbers and bikers together on these extraordinary annual journeys of camaraderie, mayhem and just fantastic goodwill. In 2022 our haphazard band of brothers took to the highways amidst a record-breaking, tarmac-melting heatwave with fantastically formidable trails through the beautiful West Country and on to Margate. We’ve never been so glad to cool down at the BarbersRide’s legendary after parties! This year’s hosts excelled themselves providing live music, food and drinks to revive the somewhat wilting riders. We simply couldn’t do it without them. And my personal thanks to Jenna at Fawcett HQ for her outstanding support and magnificent logistical expertise!”
BarbersRide have supported Make-A-Wish UK since 2019, saying: “Make-A-Wish grants special wishes for sick children when they are most in need and bring positivity and happiness in times of distress. We decided to work with a national children’s charity so that children from each region could benefit and Make-A-Wish were the perfect organisation to partner with. We even managed to ride in 2020, observing social distancing, with incredible support from our sponsors, our riders, the barbers and barbershops. Now more than ever, global upheavals make all of us appreciate how important it is to find ways to keep going and stay resilient when there are obstacles in our way.”
Make-A-Wish UK Chief Executive Jason Suckley said: “We are hugely grateful to BarbersRide and all those who have supported their brilliantly unique way of fundraising for Make-A-Wish over the years. Any money they raise will help us with our ambitious mission to light up the lives of every child in the UK who has a critical condition, by granting their wish. From the moment they are diagnosed, the joy of childhood is often brought to an abrupt end while treatment, medical appointments and worry take over. It can’t be underestimated how powerful a wish can be in bringing light and joy to those children, as well as their loved ones, creating positive moments and cherished memories that have a lasting impact on all their lives.”
Rumour has it, BarbersRide may be heading across the sea to Ireland in 2023. Watch this space… barbersride.com
* 2022 total is calculated via a number of JustGiving pages as well as offline donations direct to Make-A-Wish.