Friends plan 1,600-mile charity adventure on £500 motorcycles

A group of friends is planning a 1,600-mile adventure around Scotland’s coastline on motorbikes bought for less than £500.

The Spenni Boys Endurance 1600 trip is being organised by the friends who all grew up in Spennithorne.

It’s being arranged in memory of their friend Phil Jackson who sadly died in 2018 of bowel cancer.

The family suffered a further blow when Phil’s brother Glynn suffered a life-changing stroke in his early 40s.

For this reason, the group has chosen to raise money for both Macmillan Cancer Support and the Stroke Association.

The group has already raised more than £10,000 for charity ahead of thew trip next month.

More than £4,000 of this was raised at a charity auction organised by Bishopdale resident and friend of the group Les Bell.

Four riders — Andrew Gaines, Charles Mawer, Jonny Mawer and Jason Smith — will be taking on the challenge from July 7 to 12, with other friends and family going along as part of support them.

Jason thanked Les and everyone else who had donated towards the appeal so far.

He added: “We had a great childhood growing up together in Spennithorne and whilst we all went off and did different things, we all stayed local, we kept that bond of being Spenni kids and still looked out for each other.

“This year would have been Phil’s 50th birthday, a milestone he is sadly not here to celebrate.

“In order to acknowledge this and to honour both Phil and Glynn, we wanted to do something to raise as much money as we can for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Stroke Association.

“We wanted to do something as a group to really challenge ourselves and we felt it would mean a lot to us to do it in what should have been Phil’s 50th year.”

To sponsor the group, click here.