The group of seven friends, all of whom are members of the Sun Inn Scooter Club, plan to set off from Eastwood town center to the Orkney Islands in Scotland and return for an epic 14-day expedition.
Their journey will see them travel up the east coast and back down the west coast with nine stops along the way.
Dedicated runners hope to raise a total of Â£ 1,348 to match the number of kilometers covered on their trip.
All funds raised will then be donated to the Eastwood branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), which provides support to those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.
Scooter rider Kathryn Shrubb, who will be participating in the fundraising expedition, said, âEach year club members vote for the charity to raise funds for.
âThe RBL was chosen in 2020, but due to pandemic restrictions we postponed it to 2021 because we couldn’t lift as much as we wanted last year.
âThe charity holds its monthly meetings at the Sun Inn and we try to educate our veterans locally in the Eastwood District.
âRaising awareness of their well-being is particularly important. “
All runners will carry their luggage on board and pay for their own accommodation to ensure all money raised goes directly to the Royal British Legion.
âOne of the hotel owners even gave us a discount, but we put the money right back into the fundraising pot,â added Kathryn.
The adventure promises to be unforgettable, with many additional surprises planned along the way.
Kathryn revealed, âWhile we are in Orkney, my husband and I have a Viking Fasting Blessing Ceremony.
âSo we planned a lot for the trip.
âWe will also have video cameras on our helmets so that we can capture some of the beautiful scenery. “
The runners will leave from the cenotaph of the town tomorrow (Saturday July 31) at 9 am.
Kathryn added, âIf you have a scooter or a motorbike you can come and do part of the trip with us.
âDave and Kathryn from Dog and Parrot also do a lot of work for our veterans and have given us a lot of support. Dave will also be joining us for the first leg of the trip.
âOur first stop will be Embleton NE66 3EX and we’re there for two nights. We will continue to post our itinerary and photos on our Facebook pages.
The group has raised Â£ 1,053 so far and is calling on the local community to help them reach their goal.
âEven a donation of Â£ 1 will help us reach our goal and help our veterans,â added Kathryn.
Runners are scheduled to return to Eastwood on August 14.