What a fantastic day was had by all who attended the Volunteer Inn Ride Out for the benefit of Devon Freewheelers, the county’s blood bike service. A rather amazing total of £292 was raised by the bikers who rode through three different counties, along their route – raising the profile of the charity along every step of the way.
The ride, organised by Darren Parsons and Rob Waldron, of the Volunteer Inn Rider Group, was incident free and enjoyed by the largest turn out of bikes in the history of their events. Mopeds, Scooters, customs, trikes, sports, tourers, chops, and the emergency response bikes all joined the ride in glorious weather; and returned to the ‘Volly’ for live music and a BBQ – organised by Christine, Landlady of the Volunteer Inn. With the sale of burgers, hotdogs and a raffle organised by the Freelance Team, the final tally raised was a whopping £665.95.
The costs of the Bar-B-Que were kindly covered by local window company Otter Window Systems of Heathpark Industrial Estate. On behalf of the charity – I would like to thank Christine of the Volunteer Inn, and the members of her rider group for organising this fantastic event.
Travelling along the coast road there was the best part of a mile long of bikers travelling in convoy – it was a truly amazing sight. There is a video of this that has been uploaded to our website. Also special thanks goes to Russell Roe for driving the support vehicle, DFW’s wives Shelley Roe-Lavery, Lisa Roe & Tracy Hill for doing the BBQ, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, even customers attending the live band; all of the Volunteer Inns customers, DFW Volunteers, Conor Lavery for managing to dish out over 400 leaflets throughout the whole day; and the local people of Honiton who turned up at the Co-Op car park to see the riders set off. A true sense of pride and passion filled everyone’s hearts when this tremendous show of support turned out for the bikers.