Belfast Telegraph

Record £12.5k sum raised for injured riders at Dundrod bike week

By Roy Harris

MCE Ulster Grand Prix fans dug deep in their pockets to give generously to the Injured Riders' Welfare Fund, a charity close to the event organisers, race fans and racers' hearts.

Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston announced a record £12,500 had been raised in Bike Week

"The Injured Riders' Welfare Fund works tirelessly to raise funds for a worthy cause. They are an integral part of the event and the injured riders and their families, who have been helped over the years, are extremely grateful for the support and advice from the group," Johnston said.

On behalf of the Fund, Jan Simms added: "We are delighted to partner with the Ulster Grand Prix and thank Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club for making us their designated charity.

"This year we have surpassed all our targets and are absolutely stunned and delighted by the help and generosity of all who attended the race meeting.

"We had so many fund-raising events take place throughout Bike Week, including a sponsored walk around the Dundrod Circuit, a table quiz, an auction, a helicopter flight and our loyal helpers were out all week collecting, even when the weather was bad. We owe a massive thank you to our volunteers and everyone who donated to the fund."

The Injured Riders' Welfare Fund, headed by Jan Simms, Shelia Sinton and Yvonne Ward, has been supporting riders after injury since 2003 by offering financial assistance and emotional support.

The Fund also covers the costs of travel to hospital and treatment.

If you would like to find out more about the Injured Riders' Welfare Fund log onto http://www.injuredriderswelfarefund.org.uk or check out their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, for the second evening running, practice for the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix had to be cancelled because of poor visability.

The next session is this evening and Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson said "we will be looking to practice on Thursday afternoon as well as evening."

Following his high-speed Ulster Grand Prix crash Davey Todd was yesterday passed fit to ride on the Isle of Man while Derek Sheils returns to action after a month's absence.

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