Arctic Rider will attempt a UK ‘IRON BUTT” motorcycle ride for charity…
In the summer of 2016, Gordon Stuart will attempt his latest charity motorbike challenge when he will aim to ride the length of the UK in less than 24 hours. The ride, known in motorbike circles as the Iron Butt Challenge (UK end to end), will see Gordon test his endurance and motorbike riding skills to complete the 837 mile trip in a single day.
Gordon, AKA The Arctic Rider, is attempting the challenge in order to raise funds for Newcastle based charity The Tiny Lives Trust, a cause which is very close to his heart. In 2014 Gordon’s daughter Islay was born 6 weeks prematurely and spent time being cared for at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Ward 35 – also known as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU). The Tiny Lives Trust helps to care for premature and sick newborn babies, their mothers and families in SCBU by providing a range of facilities, staff, and equipment.
To officially complete the ride Gordon will need to be certified by the Iron Butt Association, a global motorbike organisation based in the USA who are dedicated to safe, long distance motorbike riding around the world. The Iron Butt Association is not a motorbike club as such, there are no membership fees. There is only one way to become a member – to successfully complete, and have certified, an IBA Certificate ride.
Gordon’s route will see him start at Lands’ End in Cornwall, some 500 miles from his home in Newcastle, travelling North East through the West Country to Bristol. He will turn North and follow the West coast of England before entering Scotland near Gretna and carrying on North to Glasgow. Gordon will then ride North East to Stirling and Perth before hitting the final 250 miles of twisty roads and glens of the Scottish highlands, arriving in John O’Groats 837 miles later…
In 2014 Gordon completed his first charity motorbike adventure, ‘Arctic Ride 2014’, by riding his motorbike 6,000 miles to Nordkapp in the Arctic Circle, raising over £5,000 for brain injury charity Cerebra, who have helped his little brother Robbie over the past 18 years. Arctic Ride 2014 was made into a documentary film, raising further funds and awareness for the charity.
“The Arctic Rider is all about a burning sense to do what is right, adventure, community, and raising a shed-load of cash for charity. Being able to combine my passion for motorbikes with raising money is win-win for me. Every penny donated goes to my charities. Costs for my trip are funded by me or my corporate sponsors and I ensure that my adventures raise far more money than they cost“- Gordon Stuart
Gordon is currently seeking companies to sponsor and support him on the Iron Butt Challenge. He will also be doing fundraising events prior to leaving for his trip as well as filming his trip whilst away and making his journey into a film and will raise further funds.
Gordon is active on social media with a regularly updated blog, as well as updates through his FACEBOOK and TWITTER feeds.
You can read more at his BLOG and read about the work at TINY LIVES on the web or contact him directly via EMAIL.
You can donate directly HERE
About Tiny Lives:
The Tiny Lives Trust is a registered charity that helps to care for premature and sick newborn babies, their mothers and families in the Special Care Baby Unit of the Newcastle Neonatal Service based in Ward 35 of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The fund aims to provide the highest quality of care on an ongoing basis and needs to raise at least £150,000 every year to support a range of facilities, staff, and equipment:
♥ developmental care aids and equipment, for example baby nests, gel pillows, sleep shades, and noise level monitors that offer the highest quality of care.
♥ a package of support for every family so parents can chart their baby’s progress, including a memory box, journal, and stickers to record those early critical days, weeks, and sometimes months.
♥ a family room and accommodation as families often have to stay close to their baby.
♥ travel costs – financial support for low income families who may have to travel for many months from across the region.
♥ a Neonatal Physiotherapist to aid early development, support families, and train nursing staff.
♥ specialist training so nursing staff have access to the latest developments in neonatal care.
♥ a dedicated Social Worker who provides social, emotional, and practical support for parents
research grants that enable the unit to lead on neonatal developments and offer the highest quality of care.