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Ulster Grand Prix fans hailed after raising £10k for Injured Riders' Fund

By Paul Lindsay

Published 09/09/2016

Thumbs up: Noel Johnston was delighted by the news
Thumbs up: Noel Johnston was delighted by the news

Fans were treated to a feast of racing at this year's MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix back in August and the organisers are delighted to announce they have been able to raise £10,000 for this year's official charity - The Injured Riders' Welfare Fund.

Speaking on behalf of the Fund, Sheila Sinton MBE said: "We are delighted by the outcome of our hard work at the launch and throughout bike week. The fans have been very generous - £10,000 is a fantastic total amount.

"At the start of the week, even when the weather was bad, we were emptying our buckets, counting money until one in the morning and competing with one another to see who had raised the most - it was all part of the craic."

Clerk of the Course at the MCE UGP Noel Johnston said: "The Injured Riders' Welfare Fund is our chosen charity partner for this year, and it is easy to see why.

"They work hard to raise funds for a worthy cause that is close to the heart of race fans and racers alike.

"We'd like to thank Jan (Simm) and her team for all of their efforts at our launch and at bike week and we are thrilled at the amount of money that has been raised for injured riders and their families."

The charity, which was established in 2003 by Jan Simm, Yvonne Ward and Sheila Sinton MBE, offers emotional and financial support to riders who have been injured in motorbike accidents and to their families through post-injury care, support in payment of hospital bills and transport arrangements and any other necessary costs that may be incurred along the rider's road to recovery.

If you would like to find out more, go online to or check out their Facebook page.

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