This summer Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft will be riding Triumph motorbikes to all of the 51 "Thankful Villages" in the United Kingdom. These are villages with no traditional war memorial because all who went off to fight in the Great War were lucky enough to return home. Many had been scarred physically and/or mentally by their horrific ordeal – 14 of these are “Double Thankful”, where they also returned from the Second World War.
The journey will start at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, near Aberystwyth, at 8:00am on Saturday the 27th of July, and some 2,500 miles and 9 days later it will finish at the same point, at about 6:00pm on Sunday the 4th of August. As far as we know, nobody has visited all 51 in one journey. The full schedule is available here: Schedule and map here: Map
The ride will raise funds for the Royal British Legion - the target is £51,000.
Those who live in the Thankful Villages are tremendously proud of their status. Medwyn and Dougie would be very pleased to meet with residents – especially descendants of those who survived the conflict - and of course members of the Royal British Legion.
Any riders who may want to join in for any part of the trip would be most welcome, but would be expected to make a minimum donation of £5.00 per bike per day. Any overnight stops MUST be arranged by, and are the responsibility of, the invividual riders. We cannot arrange nearby overnignt accommodation for those riding with us, but will post contact details of any campsites, B&Bs and hotels on the Schedule page, as and when we get them, but there are no guarantees. It is ESSENTIAL to book as early as possible.
Learners and small capacity machines are very welcome to ride with us. However, due to the punishing timetable, on a few days we have to use long sections of the motorway network. Please check the local routes to avoid this neccessary evil.
If you would like to join us in the ride, help out, or want to know more about the project, please get in touch
medparry(at)btinternet.com or 07773 718044
dougieb(at)dougieb.info or 07538079137
We sincerely hope you can help us raise the profile of these villages and celebrate their good fortune.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund, please click on the tabs below. We would ask UK Tax Payers who would like to Gift Aid their contribution to use the Virgin moneypaying tab. Otherwise use the "Donate" link below - but please note this is a PayPal account, and is therefore subject to their normal commercial fee.
None of the money donated will go to fund the journey, every single penny will go to a very worthy cause.
You can also donate by text, just enter the text number 70070, enter code THVR51, and then enter the amount you would like to donate.
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