THE 'LUNATIC' MOTORCYCLING VICAR
By Sam Macregor
A Charity that supports adults with learning disabilities is £428 better off – thanks to a motorcycling vicar and some of his congregation.
Rev Will Adams, vicar of the Astwell Benefice, which includes the Brackley-area villages of Helmdon, Whitfield, Syresham, Lois Weedon, Wappenham, Radstone and Plumpton, is the leader of the Astwell Motorcycle Club.
The group gets together twice a year to raise money for good causes, and last Saturday, around 40 riders toured Leicestershire to collect funds for the Brackley charity Livability.
The motorcyclists gathered at Livability’s day centre in Borough Road, Brackley, and had a breakfast of bacon sandwiches before setting off on their journey.
Rev Adams said: “We have been doing this for three years and so far we have raised around £1,200. Earlier this year we collected for Christian Aid. This time we want to help Livability carry on its great work.
“I am a lunatic biker and thee years ago I decided to find out how many like-minded people there were in my benefice.
“We decided to organize rides to raise money for charity. It’s a great day out and we enjoy it.”
The group stopped off in Hinckley, Lutterworth, Melton Mowbray and other places with their collecting tins before returning to Brackley.
Mandy Himpson, manager of Livability in Brackley said: “It is fantastic that Will and his group are raising money in this way, and we are extremely pleased to receive this donation.”
Livability is a Christian charity that promotes independence and offers lifestyle choices for adults with learning disabilities. The charity believes that everyone should have the freedom to live their lives and use their abilities.
The Banbury Guardian - 24th September 2009