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North Wales Chapter raise £3,351 for Blood Bikes
The North Wales Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Biker Association organised a Three Day motorcycle tour around Wales to raise money & awareness of Blood Bikes.
Everyone who took part had a great time, saw some amazing scenery, had loads of laughs along the way. And Most importantly raised some money for Blood Bikes.
On Saturday 26th November they finished collecting in all sponsorship money and organised a party to present Blood Bikes North Wales with the final cheque.
The total raised was £3,351.
More Information about the tour, Including a short write up by one of the Blood Bike Riders can be found on the North Wales Chapters [website].
Blood Bikes Wales provide the NHS with out-of-hours transport saving substantial sums which can be used for frontline patient care. Our service is free of charge and operates between 7pm on Friday evening until midnight on Monday morning including bank holidays (even Christmas day!)
Lecture on the Widows Sons
On Tuesday the 8th November W.Bro Andy [Baxi] Baxendale of Hardshaw Lodge No 8722, and Vice President of the North West Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association visited Kelserton Lodge No 7681 to present a talk on the Widows Sons, and explain the good work they do as an organisation, both as an ambassador for Freemasonry, and as a means to collect money for charities. How they are recognised by UGLE. In the last two years, the 550 members of the UK based WSMBA have raised £140,000 for charity.
More Information on the work done by the North Wales Chapter of The Widows Sons, can be found on our [ website ].
Widows Sons 3 Day Charity Ride-Out for Blood Bikes, North Wales.
Every night, expert motorcyclists with the word "BLOOD" written on their reflective jackets speed from hospital to hospital in the United Kingdom to pick up and deliver emergency medical supplies. By day they are electricians, lawyers, priests, and pilots, but by night they are the [ BLOOD BIKERS ]. More than 1,500 volunteers provide coast-to-coast coverage, carrying everything from blood, platelets, and plasma to breast milk, vaccines, and surgical equipment.
The Widows Sons, North Wales Chapter, are doing a 3 day ride-out around Wales starting on Friday 23rd September. This is in support of Blood Bikes, North Wales. Anyone who rides a motorbike is welcome to join us, details can be found on our [ website ].
The Widows Sons North Wales Chapter Charity Ride-out.
Above is a picture of Al Sullivan, President of the Widows Sons North Wales Chapter, with 3 year old Noah Hignett and his Father. Noah was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma 12 months ago and as a result had to have a kidney removed at Alder Hey Hospital, Merseyside.
Noah is still receiving treatment at the Hospital. His parents asked the local motorcycling fraternity to support them in raising money for this worthy cause. As a result over 100 bikers tuned out to support them with their fundraising efforts.
Raising of Bro. Kevin Burke at Wrexhamian Lodge No.6715.
Members of the North Wales Chapter of the Widows Sons celebrating the raising of Bro. Kevin Burke at Wrexhamian Lodge No. 6715.
Bro. Burke was the first person brought into Freemasonry in North Wales thanks to the activities of the Widows Sons.
The Christmas Santa Run for Cancer Research.
President Al Sullivan has treated himself to an early Christmas present; pictured above, it's a Trike or as someone said when they saw it, a bike and a half!! He rode it on Sunday 13th of December when the Widows Sons North Wales Chapter supported the Santa Run.
A few members of the Widows Sons North Wales Chapter took part in the Shotton to Connahs Quay Santa Dash for Cancer Research UK. The second picture is of our Chapter members with some of the volunteer bucket shakers before the start.
Nev Owens, our Road Captain accompanied by the other Chapter members at the end of the run receiving the Certificate of Achievement from the organizer's.
Annual Ride to the Wall Event.
The photograph shows six members of the North Wales Chapter who attended the Ride to the Wall. This is an annual event for bikers from all over the country who take part in order to pay their respects to service men and women who died serving their country in conflicts since the end of the second world war. This year there was over ten thousand participants!
The photo attached reads from Left to Right : L. Harper, A. Sullivan, K. Burke, N. Owens, D. Hughes, P. Williams.
Presentation of thermostat for the blind to B.V.U.K.
The photo on the left is of the presentation of a voice controlled thermostat for blind people which was donated by Steve Thomas, a member of our Chapter, who unfortunately could not be with us on the night but asked us to present it to Blind Veterans U.K. from the Widows Sons North Wales Chapter.
The picture show's Leighton Harper presenting the Thermostat to Viccie Beech from Blind Veterans U.K. Picture from left to right are Shaun Stocker, a veteran who was blinded and lost his legs in Afghanistan, Peter Sorahan, Provincial Grand Secretary, Viccie Beech, Regional Fundraising Officer, Lord Barry Jones, Patron of Cambria Motorcycle Club. Leighton Harper and Phil Piercy are both members of the North Wales Chapter.
The second photo is of Al Sullivan, President of the Widow Sons North Wales Chapter and also a member of Cambria Motorcycle Club who were the main organiser of the charity night. The night was held at Farfield Masonic Hall and was a great success raising over �1200 by holding an auction and a raffle. Music was by the band "The Tomohawks" and Mike Sweeny the Radio Manchester DJ. There was a fantastic buffet provided by "Black Sheep Dining".
We would like to say a big thank you to all for providing their services free of charge and the 125 people who attended. Pictured from left to right are: Al Sullivan, Victoria Beech, Lord Barry Jones, Shaun Stocker, Mike Sweeny and Tom Manion.
Extract from letter to Lord Barry Jones.
Pictured above are Lord Barry Jones with the President Al Sullivan, Vice President Dave Hughes and commercial manager Ossie Jones talking to the press about the forth-coming charity concert to be held at Farfield Hall on the Friday, 4th September in support of Blind Veterans U.K.
It is with great pleasure that, at long last, I am able to inform you that the 3 Day Tour of Wales motorcycle ride and charity concert raised the grand total of �14,000 for Combat Stress.
We have been informed by Jackie Jones, the operations manager for Combat Stress at Audley Court that, with our agreement, the money would be spent on a garden makeover for the benefit of the ex-soldiers who receive treatment there.
This would include a sensory garden, a mini sports area and pods where the men and women could spend some personal time to read or just chill out.
They have told us that when the project is completed we will be invited back to inspect the fruits of our labours! which we are looking forward to.
North Wales Chapter Charter presented.
The President Al Sullivan and the Chapter members with the Charter presented to us at the National Rally held in London in July which means the North Wales Chapter are now a duly Constituted and recognised Chapter of the Widows Sons National Motor Bike. Association. (M.B.A.).
Presentation of cheque to the North West Chapter.
Chapter President, Al Sullivan, holding the cheque he is going to present to the North West Chapter as a donation from the North Wales Chapter in support of their charity.
Completion of the 3 Day Tour.
The photograph shows our riders being welcomed back to the Blind Veterans home in Llandudno after our fund raising 3 day tour of the Yorkshire Dales. We were blessed with fine weather, not a drop of rain, and most importantly - no accidents or brake downs!
We will now start to promote our Charity Concert to be held at Farfield Hall in Connahs Quay on Friday 4th September which will be compered by Simon Weston.
Official Opening of the Clubhouse
The official opening of the Widows Sons clubhouse at Farfield Hall on Saturday the 25th April was a great success. The event was attended by members, their families and guests. Also in attendance was the Patron of Cambria-MCC, Lord Barry Jones and his wife Lady Janet.
The opening was carried out by the Provincial Grand Secretary, W. Bro Peter. J. Sorahan, P.A.G.D.C. accompanied by his wife, Carol, which was even more appreciated when we discovered they had only arrived home from Thailand at 8pm the evening before!
After the opening ceremony was completed we were delighted to be presented with a model of a motorbike by W.Bro Peter which will be displayed in the clubhouse with pride. Our President, Al. Sullivan, thanked him on behalf of all the members for officiating at the opening of the clubhouse and for the motorbike all the way from Thailand!!
3 Day Ride in support of B.V.U.K.
Glyn Tinsdeall, a member of the North Wales Widows Sons and a market stall holder in Mold, known to all as Glynn the Egg will be taking part in the 3 day ride in support of Blind Veterans United Kingdom (B.V.U.K.) on 15th/16th/17th May.
Last Saturday he took his Motorbike to his stall and a collection box. It attracted a lot of curious onlookers and a lot of generous donations.
The local press give it coverage as well and, just like last year, his fellow market traders are sponsoring him again this year.
The Superhero Easter Egg Run
On Saturday 28th March, The North Wales Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association, along with Members of several other North Wales Motorcycle Groups, met up in Wrexham in the rain to start off on the Superhero Easter Egg Run.
Riding with many of the Riders dressed up in Superhero costumes to take Easter eggs and toys to the Children in Gobowen Hospital, Hope House & Wrexham Maelor Hospital, before riding into Queens Square Wrexham, for Bucket collections and dancing.
As well as cheering up the Children in the hospitals by their favourite superheroes turning up with Eggs & toys, the event also raised �628 so far (with more money still coming in).
Widows Sons Inaugural Ride Out
Being the North Wales Chapter of the Widows Sons, Saint David's Day had to be the appropriate day to have our inaugural ride out. Before setting off everyone who participated was given a silk leek to wear and to keep as a memento.
The weather was not the kindest but fourteen intrepid bikers braved the elements and set off for Bala lake. The ride out was a prelude to the big event in May when we will be doing a three day tour of the Yorkshire Dales, with Cambria MCC, in support of Blind Veterans United Kingdom (BVUK).
The second ride out is the Super Heroes ride in aid of Hope House and the Wrexham Maelor Hospital - this event will take place on Saturday the 28th of March.
From Left to Right, Leighton Harper, Stephen Jones, President Al Sullivan, Peter Williams and Paul Middlehurst.
Pictured above are the four members who have just been presented with their Widows Sons badges.
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