Dave’s QRA Great 8 challenge
Dave is riding the QRA GREAT 8 as Iron-Man on a 1987 LT500 for Friends of Huck because Mark and Emma have been kind enough to help Bev. THANK YOU FOR ANY DONATIONS
When I started out in quad racing 8 years ago I soon realised that the ladies were more than capable of putting us to shame. One such lady was Beverley Barnes, I came to respect (and sometimes curse) Bev’s determination and will to succeed and I was soon left in the dust as Bev moved on up to the Pro class and went on to both quad and downhill success.
The list of Bev’s success is more than impressive.
Weston ladies champ 2006/07/08/09. QRA ladies champ 2007/08/09. Great 8 ladies champ 2009. PDV 2nd ladies 2010/ 1st ladies 2011.
Started downhill in 2012, British ladies non elite champ 2013, 2nd non elite ladies champ 2014. Moved up to elite ladies in 2015.
Bev’s accident at Easter has unfortunately left her paralysed from the chest down and still receiving treatment in Cardiff. I decided to try and help in some way which is where I am now. Attempting the great 8 as Iron-Man on a Suzuki LT500r. ( For those of you that don’t know the Great 8 is an 8 hour quad endurance race and a LT 500r is a 2 stroke quad that so far I’ve only ridden for a maximum of 45min stints!!!! Trust me it’s gonna hurt.)
I was put in touch with Mark and Emma (who started Friends of Huck) after it was suggested that they might be able to help Bev and I have to say that they’ve been fantastic with offers of help with whatever Bev might need now or in the future. Please check out the “Friends of Huck” Facebook page to read about Mark’s personal battle and the fundraising that has been done to be able to help seriously injured riders and cancer sufferers.
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About The Charity
Friends of Huck is a registered Charity founded by ex-professional British and GP Motocross rider Mark Hucklebridge since his continued battle with terminal Cancer.
The Charity is run by two trustees, Tom Church who is also an ex-professional British and GP Motocross rider and Neil Carroll who is a current British Evo Championship rider. The Secretary is Marks wife Emma Hucklebridge who was Women’s British MX Champion in the 90s.
Friends of Huck supports MX Riders who suffer life changing illness or injury, it can provide grants of money, resources, services and equipment to enable the person to have a quality of life to a reasonable standard and to enjoy recreational pursuits.
By providing grants of money the charity can relieve stress caused by financial hardship which in turn could lead to advancement of life.
Services such as adaptations to a home which could allow a person to be cared for or live in their own environment and provide comfort.
Providing outings or tickets to increase the provisions for recreational activities promoting social relief and enjoyment.
Providing medical equipment including vehicles and mobility aids may reduce suffering such as bed sores and lung conditions caused by a lack of mobility.
By providing training, and tuition the person will be able to learn new skills to adapt their life to include social inclusion, personal care and a future career to allow them to provide for themselves.
All of the things provided will aid in the rehabilitation of persons and allow them to have a quality of life to a reasonable and hopefully enjoyable standard.
If you are looking for a charity to support in the future or would like to host a fundraising activity please contact Emma on 07865 076 866 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you as much guidance and assistance as possible.
Fundraising Events So Far
Thousands of people have shown amazing support to Friends of Huck over the past four years and since its registration in 2014.
Many events have been held where by participants have collected sponsorship money,there have been auctions, raffles, tombollas and people have donated on line via gofundme.com/friendsofhuck or justgiving.com/friendsofhuck.
Events So Far
Some of the events which have taken place so far to raise money for Friends of Huck are:
Bath Half Marathon
Friends of Huck were a Silver Bond registered charity at the Half Marathon and were overwhelmed with the support and amount of people who actually wanted to run the beautiful 13.1mile course through Bath city centre.
A total of 67 runners took part including many MX riders such as British Championship riders Brad Wheeler, John May, Tom Church, Neil Carroll, Ex GP Legend Dave Thorpe and his wife Gail and Marks Mum, Sister, Auntie and Cousins. After training was hampered by illness leading up to the event Mark decided to pull out of the main event and run the Fun Run with his son Charlie who had a fantastic time but stated that next year he is running on his own as Dad is now too slow!!!!
A total figure of approximately £9000 was raised via this annual event
White Collar Boxing Event
On 25th April 2015 10 white collar boxers prepared to get into a ring to have three 1.30minute bouts to raise funds for Friends of Huck. With 350 tickets sold for a three course sit down meal to watch the action all was set for an amazing night and no one was left disappointed.
The night kicked off at 7pm with busloads of people arriving all dressed in black tie and dresses, everyone made a massive effort and looked amazing ready for the big night.
A team of 16 waitressing staff, 4 kitchen staff, six bar staff, two door staff, a compare, sound guy, ref and four boxing staff worked tirelessly to produce one of the best white collar charity boxing events in the south west.
Nigel Roberts our trusty compare and auction guy wound the crowd up to keep the atmosphere buzzing.
Each boxer walked in to their own entrance song and entered the ring ready for the battle.
The crowd were so supportive, the noise was immense and no one wanted to leave at the end of the evening and continued elsewhere to party until the sun came up.
A huge thank you must go to the boxers who most have never fought before. They include:
- The Marshfield Mauler Charlie Paine V Johnny ‘H-Bomb’ Houston
- Andy ‘The Rocket’ Hampton V Chris ‘ The Bulldog’ Barker
- Bradley ‘ The Synwell Stinger’ Wheeler V Chris ‘Yolo’ McGill
- ‘Lills’ Chris Lilley V Jeremy Irving-French, The Pinewood Punisher
After an amazing night including an auction and raffle the event managed to raise a massive £10,000 for the Friends of Huck Charity.
Foggy & Whitt Chat Night
I’m A Celebrity’ winner, the 2014 King of the Jungle, Carl Fogarty agreed to come and do a chat night with his best friend and Eurosport Commentator James Whitham on Thursday 14th May at The Engine Shed in Wetherby .
‘Foggy’ touched the heart of millions when he won the ITV1 show back in December taking the fans by storm and once again became the King. The four times World Superbike Champion has been a man in demand since the show and he came to chat about his time in the Jungle, his racing and much more with Whit to raise money for Friends of Huck.
Carl Fogarty said before the event “Cancer is sadly an illness I know too much about, I have lost, like many, good friends from this awful illness. Carly made contact with me about doing a chat night for Huck and I was more than happy to come and help out. I hope the night can raise some good money for Friends of Huck. It will be good to see familiar faces from the racing paddocks but also new fans from my jungle experience, I’m looking forward to it and hope to see you there.”
James Whitham is also no stranger to the illness having battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma back in 1991 and successfully beating it. “When I was asked to do this I didn’t give it a second thought as I love the world of motorsport and keen to also support cancer charities so the combination is perfect. Mark is only young and has a little boy who is only seven, it is more than worth it.”
The night was such an amazing success, 316 tickets were sold for the night and over £10,000 was raised for Friends of Huck.
Special thanks to Carly Rathmall for organising the whole event. James and Carl for making the night as funny, special, amazing as it was! Sophie Mcginn for being dragged in at the last minute and did a brilliant compare job.
Ride for Huck
In September 2014 Ex British Championship rider and Marks old Team Mate Chris Lillywhite commissioned his own fundraising challenge by riding 100 miles across the South Downs Way.
Chris completed the cycle whilst collecting sponsorship money for Friends of Huck. He was supported all the way by his partner, Mum, Dad and Brother and had a friend who kindly cycled the last couple of hours with him to spur him on.
Well Done Chris and a huge Thank you for your effort.
Donations So Far
Its amazing to think that so many people have donated and raised money for Friends of Huck but it would not forfill its purpose as a charity if we could not give this money away to help others.
So far the following donations have been made:
Forever Friends Royal United Hospital Cancer Unit Campaign
The RUH is a local hospital in which Mark has received some of his treatment, mainly the insertion of stents and Radiotherapy. Unfortunately the Oncology units are very dated and are in need of a major refit so the Charity department of the RUH, The Forever Friends, have launched a campaign to raise £8 million to build a new Cancer Unit which will be the most up to date in forms of treatment and care in the UK.
Since Marks diagnoses in 2010 he has inspired many people to carry out fundraising for Friends of Huck and prior to this Forever Friends.
Friends of Huck have made several donations to the Forever Friends Appeal and the total now raised because of Marks inspiration is £96,000.
Due to the figure being so high several organisations who have helped raise a lot of funds have been presented with plaques from the RUH including, MJ Church Plant, Marshfield MX Club, Kawasaki and Motoxtreme.
Friends of Huck were delighted to receive the news that a ward in the new Cancer Unit will be named after the Charity once it is built in the near future.
Positive Action on Cancer
Positive Action on Cancer is a free counselling service which is managed by a group of people who have been touched by the loss of a loved one through a Cancer illness.
The team specialise in counselling services for children and the families and patients of this terrible illness.
Marks son Charlie and wife Emma have received some sessions as an introduction to the charity to enable them to access the facilities more in the future should they need them.
A cheque for £1000 was given to this charity from Friends of Huck to support the amazing work they do.
Mitch Chalmers is a 23 year old man who suffered a life changing injury after a crash at the well-known Brookthorpe MX track in May 2014.
Mitch broke his back in three places which has left him permanently paralysed from the waist down.
Being an active young man Mitch liked to get out and about and take part in hobbies such as Watching MX, fishing and walking his dog, all things he was finding difficult in his current wheelchair.
Mitch applied to Friends of Huck for assistance in purchasing a VIPER Powered Hand Cycle.
The Viper is an electric front wheel which attaches to a normal wheelchair and turns the rigid frame wheelchair into a rugged and reliable battery powered go almost anywhere form of transport.
Friends of Huck were delighted to be able to help Mitch and provided the Viper which costs £2995.
If you keep your eyes peeled you might find Mitch using the Viper at a local MX event.
Of course being a charity we have strict guidelines on who we can donate money too but if you would like to apply or think you know someone who could benefit from Friends of Huck please get in touch.