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Firstly thank you for looking at my charity challenge "in aid of Dementia UK"

For my challenge I will be riding my 35 year old Ducati motorcycle "cafe racer" the "Duck" as i call her. END2ENDX2. The route which starts on the 17th April 2014 at 9.00am from "Jacks Hill cafe" in Towcester, will cover approx,. 1800 miles equal to two end to end journeys.

I will ride solo from Towcester up to John O Groats (Scotlands most northern point), down to Lands end and then back to Towcester`s "Jacks Hill cafe". This i hope will take me about six days as it is not a race challenge. Saying that i will still have to cover 300 miles or more per day on a "boneshaker"  of an old motorcycle. Also face what ever Scotlands weather would like to throw at me. I have my fingers crossed that the winters snow has gone from the Highlands roads. I hope to travel via as many of the old A roads as possible, stopping at transport cafes for rest, food and hot drinks to keep me going.

I would like to promote and support through the donations from my challenge Dementia care. This needed care and support is close to my heart. It is in memory of my late Mother who passed away suddenly in late 2013 after a seven year battle with dementia.

People who are facing or are living with dementia will know it is a very hard and long battle. Carers and families need as much support, advice and knowledge of the illness as possible during very difficult times.

I may not be running, walking or cycling the route but after the festivities of Christmas i will have to get fitter and lose some weight....Mmmmm!   With a history of two slipped disc`s, two dodgy hips and also some would say "passed my prime", you can see why i am not running the route. I will have to get used to the idea of being in the saddle for six to seven hours per day. That is why they call these challenges "Iron butt".

I hope through this page or "facebook" (as the young ones call it) to update those that would like to know how the challenge is going, day to day reports on how far i have travelled and where i am.

Please give as much or as little as you can through this donation link so as i can reach my donation goal and help others who are facing a far more "difficult journey".

The trip is 100% self funded and "all" of the kind donations are going 100% (plus Gift Aid) straight to Dementia UK, to help people facing dementia. 

To fellow motorcycle owners, please note if you make a donation here you can also say "whats your ride", "who you follow" or "where your motorcycling allegiances lie".

Thank you again for looking at this charity justgiving page.


Updates 46

Thank you Steve for your help too donations and sorry to hear of your families tough times. Thanks again for helping the donations to keep coming in to help others. Best of luck from me. Ian

01/04/15 07:14

A very big thank you to "Areil Sloper". Sorry to hear of your very sad news. Your kind donation has not just helped us reach my £5000 target but will also help others on a far more difficult journey. One of my sayings also "It`s never too late" !!! Ian

27/09/14 09:12

Thank you Dementia UK for your update on your Facebook page. Also the Daventry Express for the update feature last week. Now my question..."Do I give the "Duck" a clean or Not"???? answers on donation messages please. I think , "looks better" as a Dirty Duck.

16/05/14 05:40

Thank you again for your fantastic support Mr Guppy and todays offline donation. 92% reached, just a little more to go

06/05/14 12:52

Another Milestone....90%...BIG thank you to Ryan. Just a little bit more and I can reach my donation target as well all for a good cause. Still working hard to chase up some more kind donations now the challenge trip was a success. Thank you for all the support everyone.

03/05/14 08:18

Raising money for

Dementia UK

Dementia UK

Charity Registration No. 1039404

Dementia UK is a national charity committed to improving quality of life for all people affected by dementia. The charity has two core areas: - Admiral Nurses - Admiral Nursing DIRECT

Raising money for

Run by Dementia UK

Charity Registration No. 1039404

Donations 123

well done what a great way to raise some cash for such a deserving cause.just lost dad and mum is now in residential care with vascular dementia .collection made at dads wake iove to do the same

Donation by steve (fair weather biker) clark on 29/03/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Well done all for a great cause

Donation by SupplyPoint Biker on 20/10/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

My father died from dementia this year and as I'm a big vintage motorcycle (1930s Ariels!) fan, I hope this helps you reach your target. Sorry the donation is so late, but better late than never!

Donation by Ariel Sloper on 26/09/14


Great cause and great effort. Well done for reaching the End`s.

Donation by Simply Hair Long Lawford on 13/07/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Keep Her Dirty, Oily and Well Ridden. All for a Great Cause.

Donation by Anonymous on 30/05/14


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Well done from everyone at Junction Services (Daventry) xxx

Donation by Junction on 21/05/14


+ £14.58 Gift Aid

Great work Ian old lad!

Donation by Josh A on 08/05/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well Done Ian !!...........from Andrew, David, Nick Panther, Chris, Elliot at Northern Commercials.

Donation by Northern Commercials Staff on 05/05/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well Done Uncle Ian

Donation by Ryan on 02/05/14


+ £2.25 Gift Aid

Well done for getting the "Dirty Duck" into Stafford and too all that helped a good cause with the kind donations. From Barbara

Donation by Anonymous on 27/04/14


+ £21.25 Gift Aid

Fantastic Ride ! from Leslie, Johanne, Pam, Clare, Nicki, Ken, NORTHERN COMMERCIALS

Donation by Northern Commercial Staff on 26/04/14


+ £3.25 Gift Aid

Great Achievement from Steve L, Jackie, David, Neil, Brad, Kathryn, Phil, Paul NORTHERN COMMERCIAL

Donation by Northern Commercial Staff on 26/04/14


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Brilliant job done !....from Jana, Amy, Vicky, Ruth, Hazel, Scott, Jim Norton at NORTHERN COMMERCIALS

Donation by Northern Commercials Staff on 26/04/14


+ £5.25 Gift Aid

Well done ! from Nigel, Mark, John, Iola and Steve at NORTHERN COMMERCIALS

Donation by Northern Commercials Staff on 26/04/14


+ £1.75 Gift Aid

We'll done Ian

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/14


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

From Scottish "AA" Kenny (see you at the Manx) and Chris`s Latheron neighbour

Donation by Highlands friends on 22/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the best

Donation by Tetley on 21/04/14

Good luck with the rest of the journey!

Donation by David Parsons ( Chris's brother ) on 21/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Ian, just read of your ride on Madeinitaly Motorcycles website. What a great effort and a most worthwhile charity! Delighted to help. Well done you!

Donation by Mark U on 21/04/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Good to see you and good luck with the rest of the journey tough butt!

Donation by chris and linda on 20/04/14


Donation by simon on 19/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with the ride. Sorry I am not around for you to see the Montjuic.

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/14


Hey Ian, good luck for your journey

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/14


+ £14.25 Gift Aid

Good luck and keep it sunny side up! With much admiration from an avid dirt biker!

Donation by Tracey Currie on 16/04/14


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck "mate" and have a shave ther'e culling Badgers :-) The Lads at DG

Donation by Andy Smith on 16/04/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,283.33
  • Offline donations£778.00
  • Text donations£2.00
  • Total raised£5,063.33
  • Gift Aid£941.10

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