'The Beard & The Bike' Charity Run

At the fare age of 32, I've never taken the time aside to learn how to drive a car or ride a motorcycle. In all honesty I have never really had the desire to, until now that is...

I have always admired motorbikes for as long as I can remember. As a kid I would watch motorcycle racing on my TV set, as well as visit my local race track every now and again to see them in action at Donington Park. Often amazed by the rider's ability to swoop effortlessly through sharp bends and  make challenging corners look easy. I would sit glued to my seat in sheer amazement.

These are childhood memories that have never left my mind. So much so that I want to 'bite the bullet' so to speak, and help raise funds for a great cause in the process. Please allow me to explain...

At the age of 32, with little to no previous knowledge of riding a motorcycle, I am going to begin learning how to safely ride a motorcycle, beginning with my CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) this March.

Once I have successfully obtained my CBT certificate I'll be continuing to learn the ropes of the road, readying myself to participate in a charity motorcycle ride here in the Midlands, smartly titled 'The Beard & The Bike' Charity Run.

This September I've set myself a personal goal to take my newfound motorcycle skills to the road and visit three local hospitals. Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, where I will be visiting the children's wards in order to donate gifts and presents to those less fortunate, on the hope of raising a smile or two along the way.

Throughout the entire process I am asking for donations to be made through this GoFundMe page to directly support Cancer Research UK , and have set a goal of £2,000 in total. Every penny that is kindly donated will go directly to them, which in turn helps kick cancers backside in the process.

We all know someone close or have been personally touched by the devastation caused by cancer. It can tear lives apart with little to no warning, and effects not only sufferers but their family and friends in the process.

I lost my Grandad to cancer in 2009 in what seemed like flash. One moment he was here, and the heart of our family, and the next he was gone. It all seemed to happen so suddenly and left us all almost empty. To be given the chance to give a little back to such a great cause means the world to me personally.

All of this has been made possible thanks to the amazing support shown by Lexmoto UK , an award winning motorcycle company who pride themselves in providing affordable motorcycles that not only look outstanding, but are robust and reliable too. The team will be supporting me each and every step of the way. Without their good will and support I might have never taken these key first steps forward to learn to ride, and for that, I sincerely thank you.

Dates, times and locations are yet to be confirmed, although I am aiming for September 2017. Although you can keep up to speed in the meantime by following me and Lexmoto on our social media platforms. Twitter - @ShadEO9  and Instagram - @ShadEO9. Instagram -  @Lexmoto_Official, Twitter - @Lexmoto  and you'll also find them on Facebook .

I'll also be recording my entire journey from start to finish, then uploading my adventures directly to YouTube as often as possible, as well as covering the road ahead in the form of a written blog that will be published over on www.TheBeardStruggle.com.

Please remember, every penny really does help, and no donation is ever considered too small.

In the meantime, if you do have any comments or questions you would like to ask then please do not hesitate to ask away! I'd be only too happy to answer.

Thank you for taking the time to read and support my cause! And please feel free to share whenever and wherever you possibly can!

Thank you,

Fran O'Reilly


Fran O'Reilly

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