Weʼre raising £350,000 to dedicate a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in memory of riders who died whilst riding on duty, over £1,000 already raised.
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The Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC) is proposing a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum dedicated to the memory of all those motorcyclists throughout the world who have lost their lives whilst riding in the course of their duties. These may be despatch riders and couriers in the various branches of the armed forces but also civilian riders such as blood deliveries, organ deliveries and other essential services.
Although initiated by the VMCC it is not limited to vintage and classic motorcyclists, indeed, it is anticipated that clubs and organisations around the world will identify with this cause and help us raise the money we need to make a worthy tribute to those that have fallen.
Named “Duty to Ride”, it is hoped that all motorcyclists will feel free to participate in these rides when they occur. The first Sunday in July has been designated Duty to Ride day and we would encourage riders to get on their bikes and join others riding to raise funds for the cause.
Rides and events will be taking place across the country throughout the year. Please visit the web site www.dutytoride.org for updates. Participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship from their friends & families and to contribute to the fund themselves through this Just Giving or other means.
The estimated cost of such a memorial is in the region of £300,000 - £500,000 to cover the initial design and construction, as well as to cover the cost of future maintenance. Contributions are therefore requested from across all the armed forces that use motorcycle riders for despatch riders, couriers, escorts and other functions as well as civilian organisations such as the NHS, blood and organ deliveries etc. It is also hoped that contributions will also be forthcoming from across all of the motorcycling fraternities, clubs and organisations that may organise their own fundraising events.
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Russ & Nat
Apr 18, 2023
Apr 18, 2023
Respect ✊ to every veteran ❤️
Apr 17, 2023
In memory of Gordon Prime a true legend 😘
Collection at Gordon Prime Memorial Run
Apr 17, 2023
The run was well attended with around 10 military bikes and a similar number of girder fork bikes as well as many others. Many thanks to all those that attended and helped organise the event.
James Phillips, Veterans' Commissioner for Wales
Apr 16, 2023
Here's to building a fitting memorial to all those brave riders who have kept the lines of communication running.
Mar 10, 2023
Books sold from Louise & Craig Westons donation to vmcc. From their fathers deceased estate. Stan Weston - Cornwall Section.
Feb 27, 2023
In memory of Gordon Prime my father in law
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Duty to Ride
To create a memorial at the NMA to the memory of motorcyclists who have lost their lives whilst riding in the course of their duties, including despatch riders, couriers, blood deliveries, organ deliveries, and other essential couriers both military and civilian.