Doc Bike Ride Out 2023

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More than 600 bikes took part in the annual motorcycle ride-out on Sunday, 24th September in aid of the life-saving charity

The 2023 Docbike Ride Out finish point at Henstridge Airfield

Despite facing challenging weather conditions, more than 600 motorcyclists turned up to support Docbike’s annual ride-out, participating in one of three different routes of 30, 35, and 40 miles, all culminating at Henstridge Airfield on the Dorset/Somerset border.
Local riders Dr Ian Mew and Critical Care Paramedic Mark Williams led separate convoys through Dorset’s country roads, while Sussex Regional Lead John Allsopp guided Bridgewater’s convoy through Somerset’s scenic routes.
At the finish line, the riders received a warm welcome at Henstridge Airfield despite the damp grey day. The venue featured a fantastic display of exhibitors, food, music by DJ Paul Brady, and the announcement of the grand raffle winners – featuring incredible prizes donated by local Dorset businesses.

Docbike’s Dr Ian Mew (left) and Sussex Regional Lead John Allsopp

Not just funds
As well as raising vital funds, the event serves as an excellent opportunity for the DocBike and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance teams to talk to motorcyclists, spreading awareness of their life-saving work and how bikers can up-skill their ride, along with sharing how to keep other injured motorcyclists alive until the emergency services arrive by attending a free BikerDown course.
Dr. Ian Mew, co-founder and trustee of DocBike, expressed his gratitude for the remarkable support received during the event. ‘We’re blown away by the support of this year’s ride out. DocBike receives no funding from the Government and relies on the generosity of the public to continue our life-saving work, so we’re thrilled to have raised such a fantastic amount which will help towards our ever-growing operational costs.
The funds are much-needed by the charity, but Ian says the support received from the motorcycling community means even more:
‘We’re working to reduce motorcycle collisions and provide life-saving critical care to anyone who needs it (not just motorcyclists). We’re incredibly grateful to every single person and organisation for their continued support.
‘We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part, to our wonderful team of volunteers and marshals, to the exhibitors and caterers, and the businesses and individuals who donated incredible raffle prizes. Also to the High Sheriffs of Somerset and Dorset, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Dorset Freemasons, West Bay Snack Shack and Will Badman Photography for helping to make the day such a success.
‘Finally, special thanks go to Henstridge Airfield clubhouse and owner Geoff Jarvis, The Churchill Arms in Alderholt, Bridgwater Community Hospital, West Bay Harbourmaster, Bridport Town Council and Dorset Council for hosting the start and finish points of the event.’

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