Memorial motorbike ride benefits two charities

From left to right, Sally Barnett, Chief Fire Officer Paul Raymond, David Reeves (Cancer Research UK) and Mat Lewis
14th November, 2011

A charity motorcycle ride to the Welsh coast has raised £2,200 in memory of a young Shropshire firefighter who died in the Isle of Man last year.

A total of 150 motorbike riders set off from Pontesbury to Aberystwyth on the Mat Evans Memorial Motorcycle Ride in July in a celebration of his life.

They set off from the Plough Garage in Pontesbury, where Mat worked, and after the round trip returned to the Plough Inn at Pontesbury for a BBQ and live music.

Sally Barnett organised the event with Mat Lewis, who was riding with Mat (29) when he crashed on the Isle of Man motorbike racing circuit last year.

The event raised a total of £2,220 which was split equally between The Firefighter Charity represented by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Paul Raymond and Cancer Research UK, represented by Area Co-ordinator David Reeves.

“The organisers and Mat's family would like to thank everyone who took part in this event whether helping to organise it or taking part. You all helped to make a very successful day and raise some much needed money for the two charities,” said Sally, a control room operator at the Shrewsbury fire HQ.