Going the extra mile
Tuesday 7 April 2015

Joanne WingateA Congresbury motorbike enthusiast is going the extra mile to raise money for charity.

Joanne Wingate, 54, is organising a 116-mile mass fundraising ride out of bikers in aid of Brandon Trust on Sunday, 19 April, which starts in Patchway before heading to the iconic Ace Café in north London.

Joanne, an army veteran and active member of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch, has worked as a manager for Brandon for the past 10 years across a number of its services. She has also raised more than £2,000 for the charity through various Brandon Biker events.

She said: "I was a dispatch rider in the military, a volunteer blood bike rider with Freewheelers, and more recently raced in a national endurance team. I've attended lots of ride outs for charity and it led me to start Brandon Bikers and organise this event.

Joanne Wingate Racing"I have considerable experience of working with people with learning disabilities and a recent death to cancer of a person supported by Brandon made me think a lot about my own life. It’s a good life and I want to share that, so that’s why I fundraise for Brandon.

"So far, 38 people are signed up to take part and we’d love even more to get involved. It will be quite a sight and a great experience. We’re going to The Ace Café, a legendary place in the origins of the café racer. It’s a mecca in the biker world and famous worldwide."

The ride out takes place on Sunday, 19 April, starting at 9am, and each rider is asked to donate £10 to take part. The group will meet from 8am at Brandon Trust’s Olympus House head office car park, Patchway, BS34 5TA, for bacon sandwiches and refreshments.

To get involved, contact Joanne on joanne.wingate@brandontrust.org. Alternatively, the event has a text giving number: Text BYKE01 and £2 or £5 or £10 to 70070.