Jim Humphreys and his Wee Riders on their return to the UK, with HRH Prince Michael of Kent and his guests, pictured with Philip Lewis and Mike Mackenzie of the Poppa Guttmann Trust at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville
The ride officially got under way from Moscow, Ayrshire, on Sunday, 12th June 2011. The Wee Riders arrived safely back in the UK on Tuesday, 12th July, exactly one calendar month later. They were joined on their ride to a Reception at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and several guest riders. Also attending the Reception were Poppa Guttmann Trust Chairman, Michael Mackenzie, and Trustees, Philip Lewis and Dr Alison Graham. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Chief Executive, Anne Eden, welcomed the riders on behalf of the Hospital.
The route to Moscow (Russia) and back, took the riders from Scotland through England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia, returning to the UK via the Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France: more than 6,500 miles. The riders completed their round trip on Wednesday, 13th July, when they arrived back in Moscow, Ayrshire. A Welcome Home reception was held in their honour at the offices of East Ayrshire County Council the following morning.
Figures have yet to be finalised, but it is believed the ride raised in the region of £14,000 for The “Poppa” Guttmann Trust. The riders were entirely self-funded. Please visit our “Good Guys” page to see how businesses, large and small, contributed to our success.
The Charity’s aim is to celebrate the life and work of Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann, founder of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville, and father of the modern Paralympic games. Money raised from this ride will support the Stoke Mandeville Centre including an innovative arts programme at the Hospital to help recently-paralysed patients improve fine motor skills while, at the same time, fostering creativity and a sense of achievement.