Hundreds of bikers in convoy to say thanks to Covid hero workers

Torbay Weekly

Hundreds of motorcyclists are due to take part in a special convoy to thank the  NHS and essential workers for their lifesaving work during Covid

The NHS Ride of Thanks Devon, on Sunday, September 19, has been organised by Andy Ash and grew into a national event after word spread and bikers from across the UK set up more than 30 additional rides.

The ride will leave Lee Mill industrial estate at Plymouth at 11am to a route up the A38 to Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Dartington and Totnes, ending at Paignton seafront at around 12.30pm.

There is a voluntary donation of £5 for each bike, in aid of the Devon Freewheelers Blood Bikes. Mr Ash said the Devon Freewheelers Blood Bikes was the ‘perfect’ charity to benefit from the local event because many of those attending could need the county-wide service in the future.

Mr Ash said: “It became clear that though the NHS was the primary focus throughout the crisis, we also needed to show appreciation to all essential workers from truck drivers to shop workers, dustman, postman etc.

“This is a ride to show our appreciation for what the NHS and essential workers have done, and continue to do, on behalf of the people of the UK.

“All size motorcycles are very welcome as this is a procession not a race.”

Russell Roe, Devon Freewheelers CEO, based at the Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, said: “The Devon Freewheelers volunteers are so grateful to Andy Ash for organising the Ride of Thanks, and to the members of the group for nominating the Devon Blood Bikes charity to receive funds from the event."

On the day the ride is being marshalled by the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association, who has also arranged the event’s insurance cover. The Plymouth Motorcycle Club has offered its equipment and help for the ride’s start point.  And the Riviera Charity Riders, from Paignton, has worked closely with the authorities to give the event the green light to finish on the seafront.