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Motorcycle Club raises £5,323

20 September 2019

Members of Aberdeen motorcycle club Urban Pirates, along with friends, embarked on a challenge round the highlands this summer, and raised an incredible £5,323 for the people we support in the North-East.

Collage of bikers challenge

Their challenge saw them take on the North Coast 500 using second hand scooters, with engines no bigger than 125cc. For those of you not familiar with engine sizes, that means each scooter had a very small and not very powerful engine – making the 800 mile trip from Aberdeen and back an incredibly difficult challenge.

Of the 5 scooters that set off, only 3 survived the trip. The steep inclines, bumpy roads and challenging weather pushed their scooters to their limit. Thankfully the crew had a support van with them at all times and were able to make repairs along the way, but within the last couple of days two of the scooters had to be retired.

The adventure took them 7 days in total to complete, starting in Aberdeen on 29 June, taking them through Aviemore, Thurso, Ullapool, Tomintoul and returning to Aberdeen on 6 July. Their fundraising target was £2500 and they smashed it! Online they raised £3323 and received a very generous donation from Wood Plc. of £2000, boosting their total to £5,323!

Steve Masser, member of Urban Pirates and challenge organiser, had this to say:


Getting to do something we were all interested in, and supporting a wonderful charity at the same time, were great incentives for taking on this wild challenge!

“It was a really interesting adventure, at some points we did not know how our scooters were going to cope – the weather and the steep inclines really pushed the scooters to the limit.

“We had to make repairs along the way, and we’re delighted that the majority of the bikes made it back.

“I’m incredibly grateful that my employer Wood Plc. supported our efforts and have match funded us £2,000 which pushed out total up to £5,323. Knowing that people in the North-East will benefit from the money we have raised is a wonderful feeling.

"Thank you to everyone who supported our scooter challenge.”

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