Charity trip to Africa to raise money in memory of Jamie Inglis

Michael Atkins, 42, is to ride 15,000 miles from York to South Africa in memory of seven-year-old cancer victim Jamie Inglis

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A NORTH Yorkshire motorcyclist is planning a remarkable 15,000-mile charity ride from York to South Africa in memory of seven-year-old cancer victim Jamie Inglis.

Michael Atkins, 42, said he will travel on a Triumph Tiger 800 XC across two continents and 21 countries from York Minster to the Cape of Good Hope.

Harrogate man Mr Atkins, who used to work with Jamie’s father John, is taking part in the challenge to raise money in Jamie’s memory and for The Pilgrims Hospice in Kent, which cared for his mother and father-in-law.

Seven-year-old Lord Deramore’s School pupil Jamie passed away following a four-year battle against the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Mr Atkins, a married father-of-one, said he hopes to raise as much as £250,000 for the causes. He said: “As a father to the most wonderful little boy myself, I simply could not even begin to imagine what Vicky and John Inglis went through.

“To have their precious little boy taken from them must have been devastating. I made a promise to Jamie and his parents. That promise was to raise awareness of neuroblastoma and the effect it has on people’s lives. I also promised to raise funds in his memory.”

He said he is having stickers made up for the bike’s panniers and will have a red Power Ranger to go on the front of the bike, in Jamie’s memory.

Mr Atkins said he is also having a flag made up in honour of Jamie and his mother and father-in-law, which he hopes to fly at the Cape of Good Hope.

The expedition, which is planned for next year, is expected to take from four to six months to complete.

Jamie’s parents have thanked people for their “amazing support” which allowed Jamie pioneering treatment in the United States and Germany.

They have said they want to continue to raise money for the Neuroblastoma Alliance to help save the lives of other children with the illness – including Jamie’s friends Ryan Edwards and Robyn Higgins.

For more information, or to sponsor Mr Atkins, visit eat-sleep-bike.blogspot.co.uk

To donate in Jamie’s memory, visit justgiving.com/in-memory-of-jamie-inglis

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8:30am Wed 20 Feb 13

dasreich1943 says...

I genuinely don't wish to appear negative in any way, and I hope they do raise a lot of money, but every time I read a story like this it makes me wonder whether riding a motorbike from York to South Africa is absolutely necessary to raise funds for a charity. It's a trip of a lifetime for those taking part, rather than essential fundraising, surely money can be successfully raised in the UK without spending months on the road and spending thousands of pounds on travel costs. In business we all know the phrase "you have to spend money to make money", but I really don't think that is true of charity. I'd be happy to donate to the charity if the expensive trip is called off in favour of grassroots fundraising and awareness raising.
I genuinely don't wish to appear negative in any way, and I hope they do raise a lot of money, but every time I read a story like this it makes me wonder whether riding a motorbike from York to South Africa is absolutely necessary to raise funds for a charity. It's a trip of a lifetime for those taking part, rather than essential fundraising, surely money can be successfully raised in the UK without spending months on the road and spending thousands of pounds on travel costs. In business we all know the phrase "you have to spend money to make money", but I really don't think that is true of charity. I'd be happy to donate to the charity if the expensive trip is called off in favour of grassroots fundraising and awareness raising. dasreich1943
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12:39pm Wed 20 Feb 13

matkins1791 says...

To dasreich1943 ----You are absolutely right!!! Riding a Motorbike across Africa is not essential fund raising – however if we all took your view, the world would be in a much worse off position. However, what would you suggest I do? If you had taken the time to read my blog and look at the planned events page, you would see, I am planning on doing an event each month before I leave. Things like, running, swimming, cycling, sky-diving, charity waxing and taking my bike around to biking events in the UK to raise funds for both charities. Does these fit in with you definition of ‘grass roots’ fund raising? And, just to bring the point home. These charity events I am working extremely hard for are for children with cancer and cancer charities that rely on donations from the public. I gave a massive amount to charity last year without raising a finger. Sitting back and doing nothing and just hitting a like button on facebook or donating from an arm-chair. This did nothing to raise the profile of the charities concerned. The press coverage that I hope to generate is trying to raise the profile of both charities I am supporting. I have paid for this trip out of my own pocket. Not a single penny of donated money is coming to me. It goes direct to the charity concerned. So, can I assume that I’ve covered your concerns and points, I can rely on your donation. I look forward to seeing your donation on the just giving page. The details of which can be found here.

www.justgiving.com/e
at-sleep-bike
To dasreich1943 ----You are absolutely right!!! Riding a Motorbike across Africa is not essential fund raising – however if we all took your view, the world would be in a much worse off position. However, what would you suggest I do? If you had taken the time to read my blog and look at the planned events page, you would see, I am planning on doing an event each month before I leave. Things like, running, swimming, cycling, sky-diving, charity waxing and taking my bike around to biking events in the UK to raise funds for both charities. Does these fit in with you definition of ‘grass roots’ fund raising? And, just to bring the point home. These charity events I am working extremely hard for are for children with cancer and cancer charities that rely on donations from the public. I gave a massive amount to charity last year without raising a finger. Sitting back and doing nothing and just hitting a like button on facebook or donating from an arm-chair. This did nothing to raise the profile of the charities concerned. The press coverage that I hope to generate is trying to raise the profile of both charities I am supporting. I have paid for this trip out of my own pocket. Not a single penny of donated money is coming to me. It goes direct to the charity concerned. So, can I assume that I’ve covered your concerns and points, I can rely on your donation. I look forward to seeing your donation on the just giving page. The details of which can be found here. www.justgiving.com/e at-sleep-bike matkins1791
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1:02pm Wed 20 Feb 13

dasreich1943 says...

Thanks for your comprehensive reply. My concern with these things arose some years ago when a colleague asked me to "sponsor" his "charity skydive". I happened to know that he'd wanted to do it for himself, for a while and as it turned out, was using the charity label just to get a free skydive - pretty low! Don't take offense at me commenting and asking about this, I am naturally curious but you have allayed mine and others concerns. You will find my donation on your site.
Thanks for your comprehensive reply. My concern with these things arose some years ago when a colleague asked me to "sponsor" his "charity skydive". I happened to know that he'd wanted to do it for himself, for a while and as it turned out, was using the charity label just to get a free skydive - pretty low! Don't take offense at me commenting and asking about this, I am naturally curious but you have allayed mine and others concerns. You will find my donation on your site. dasreich1943
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2:39pm Wed 20 Feb 13

matkins1791 says...

Thank you very much indeed sir. Your donation is going to help a very worthwhile cause. I really am very grateful.
Thank you very much indeed sir. Your donation is going to help a very worthwhile cause. I really am very grateful. matkins1791
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