Four motorbike enthusiasts from Swindon raised almost £900 for Prospect Hospice, by riding a customised moped on a dirt track for five hours in an off-road endurance challenge.
The four friends, team-named the ‘Wacky Racers’ for the event, overhauled a worn-out moped in the hope of raising some much-needed cash for the charity which had cared for one team member’s relatives.
Kevin Bartlett, Dave Ranford, Kev Thompson and Bradley Jackson took turns to ride the rescued moped over five continuous hours in the July Nifty Fifty endurance event in Winchester.
The refurbished bike was one of a pair living in Bradley Jackson’s skip which was delivered to group mechanic Kev Thompson to get ready for the challenge. Kev worked to strict specifications, with a lot of work needed in order to be able to get the bike running.
“I had the engine out, the broken exhaust pipes removed and re-threaded, and I had to refit the tyres,” said Kev.
“I read about the race and it was to ride a 50CC scooter on a track with a group of friends, and to raise some money as well. I thought, that’s a great idea – I’d really love to do that!”
The bikes used in the race had to have been used previously on the road, in order to create a fair competition between all the riders. No pit bikes or off road bikes were allowed to take part.
Fundraising for Prospect Hospice was a key incentive following the experience of Kevin Bartlett’s sister, father and niece.
“Knowing that they came here made it so much better. When my dad was here they set up a bed so that I could sleep in the same room.” said Kevin.
Having completed their challenge, the team is already aiming to raise more money for Prospect Hospice next year.
Louise Brooks, Prospect Hospice’s Challenge Events Fundraiser said: “We are so grateful to Kevin and his fantastic team for taking on this challenge. They’ve raised a brilliant amount of money, and they should feel so proud of themselves.
“They’ve also proved that you can really think outside the box when it comes to fundraising, and do something that you enjoy to raise invaluable funds for a cause you believe in.”