Press Release

4th December 2010

“Off on a Wee Ride”

To ride from Moscow (Scotland) to Moscow (Russia) and back again – that’s the intention of motorbike-mad Jim Humphreys and a group of friends. The idea is to raise cash for National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. As well as honouring the brilliant neurologist, Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann, father of the Paralympic Games, the project aims to establish an arts programme at Stoke Mandeville.

The ground-breaking Spinal Injuries Centre was founded by Guttmann to treat servicemen during the Second World War. At that time, life expectancy for spinal-injured patients was a mere three months. There was no real treatment or rehabilitation.

The journey – expected to last from 4 to 5 weeks – will take the riders through France, Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and into the Russian Federation, returning via the Ukraine, southern Poland,  the Czech Republic, southern Germany, Switzerland, and France.

Fancy joining them?  There’s no need to commit to the full trip.  If you can raise sponsorship and would like to participate in any of the “Country Stages”, then contact John Rynne at john@offonaweeride.com for a detailed itinerary.

To ensure a proper racing start to our “wee ride”, Mr Peter Williams the legendary Norton works rider will be attending a special event at the world famous Ace Cafe London on Thursday 16th June, 2011 to start the riders on their journey.

The event will also feature the 2010 winner of the “Images of the King” competition in Memphis, Tennessee, Mr Ben Portsmouth, whose website can be viewed at www.elvistribute-band.co.uk or viewed on www.youtube.com/Watch?v=f9r4V7xVSuE .

All are welcome to support this fabulous cause, at a great location, with at least two legends of our time in attendance and the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality at Ace Cafe London. An event not to be missed!

More information about the Poppa Guttmann Trust and its Recognition and Celebration Project can be found at www.poppaguttmanncelebration.org. For more about the ride and the riders, and to see their progress visit www.offonaweeride.com.

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