Brough Appeal : Seeking Support for Ambitious Fundraising Project

Motorcycle Outreach (MoR), the UK charity which supports motorcycle based healthcare transport projects in developing countries, has launched a fundraising project with a difference.

MoR’s ambition is to successfully bid on one of the recently discovered ‘barn find’ ‘Bodmin Brough’ motorcycles when they are auctioned by Bonhams on April 24th next. A successful bid on one of these iconic, but virtually derelict, motorcycles will be followed by a restoration and re-auction of the bike. This will unlock tens of thousands of pounds for MoR’s charitable work in Indonesia and Africa.


Brough motorcycles are highly sought after and command high auction values. However, given the poor condition of these particular motorcycles, they offer potential for acquisition, restoration and resale to significant benefit for MoR.

Commenting on the Bodmin Broughs, Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycle Department said: “This is one of the greatest motorcycle discoveries of recent times. A lot of mystery surrounds these motorcycles as very few people knew that they still existed, many believing them to be an urban myth. There was a theory that they still existed somewhere in the West Country, but few knew where, until now. This is the last known collection of unrestored Brough Superiors; there will not be another opportunity like this.”

Brough Superior motorcycles are incredibly rare, powerful machines of the pre-war era. Dubbed the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles, they’re famed as the bike of choice for aficionados such as the playwright George Bernard Shaw, and T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia, owner of eight models.

“There is a strong market for unrestored, highly original motorcycles,” added Ben Walker. “Bonhams regularly achieves world record breaking figures for Brough Superior motorcycles, including unusual projects, which appeal to the enthusiast and collector of the brand. It would be great to see these back on the road, as they are all restorable.”

Simon Dufton, Director of Motorcycle Outreach, said: “The restoration potential for any of these bikes means that this is not just a hopeful project – it is a project based upon sound history of the assets involved alongside the time-proven skills of our restorer Craig Carey-Clinch.” Craig, also a Director of MoR and a well-known motorcycle industry figure, already has a strong track record of restoring classic motorcycles.

Simon continued; “All it takes is time and a good motorcycle restorer. We have both! What we now need is the funding to make this project happen …. and that is why we are launching this Crowdfunding appeal — we believe that it will be possible to generate a strong return from this project, but we can only realise its ambition if we get support.”

People, organisations and businesses can support the MoR project by visiting the Crowdfunder site on 

Note about funds raised

As it is an auction – even if we raise the cash required on this site we cannot guarantee to be able to secure one of these amazing and restorable motorcycles. All our calculations are based upon the forecasts of auctioneers, Bonhams. If we did not win one of these machines at auction on 24th April 2016 we would assume that donations made could be used by Motorcycle Outreach in line with the charities aims and objectives. Should any donor feel strongly that they would not like their donation to be used in this way, then MoR would be happy to refund their donation without question.

Renewal of Health for All Motorcycle Fleet thanks to Triumph Tiger 800 Club, AUSAID and Astra

After more than a decade of service the Health for All motorcycle fleet is being renewed thanks to generous support from the Triumph Tiger 800 Club in the UK (3 vehicles), AUSAID (2 vehicles) and Astra International (3 vehicles)

Thanks to this assistance eight of the thirteen original motorcycles from 2002 have been replaced and the new motorcycles are already providing much-needed healthcare transport to Indonesian villages.







Precious Cargo Project gathers momentum

Did you know……there are approximately 100 volunteers involved in the Precious Cargo project split roughly 2/3rds student midwives, 1/3 Blood Bikers spread around the UK.


We have a team of 6 Regional Coordinators (RCs) supporting our local volunteers and they hold regular video conferences to monitor progress and resolve issues . The scroll’s tour of the UK will last for 2 months (October and November ) and will visit 32 hospitals /maternity units in England, Scotland and Wales, fly to the Isle of Lewis and back, attend 2 conferences (including the RCM annual conference in Telford) and grace one Palace during that time. The tour will conclude at the RCM HQ in London at the end of November 2013.

During its first 2 weeks, approximately £2000 has been raised or pledged and over 1700 signatures have been added to the 20 meter long scroll. (its predecessor collected 900 signatures over 5 years so we are doing well!).

Guinness World Records has created a new category for “most signatures on a scroll” based on the Precious Cargo intiative!  To add to the fun, there is even a song being recorded about the project  – its due for release during Halloween.

The UK tour is a pilot for a more ambitious plan. If the initial campaign is successful, the scroll will embark upon a global journey, starting in Europe in 2014. One target venue is the triennial conference of the International Confederation of Midwives in Prague. With 108 member countries attending the conference, there will be no better stage for the project to promote its global campaign.

In the meantime, there is plenty to do here and we need your help. Whilst the project is certainly lots of fun , its main purpose is to raise money . We are assured of a setting a new world record , but our main objective is to raise funds to help Motorcycle Outreach save lives. Hence, why we need as many donations as possible. Please help us if you can. Visit  and make a donation today.

Thank you.

Ron Common , Project Coordinator


Launch of Precious Cargo Scroll

After 6 months of planning, the Precious Cargo project was officially launched on Saturday 28th September 2013 from Hampton Court Palace, and what a fantastic day it was. A group of supporters and volunteers,  including our celebrity guest, and long term supporter, Eric Richard (Sgt Cryer from the Bill) gathered to give the scroll a great send off for its tour of the UK.

Journalist and photographer, Paul Blezard kindly led the photo shoot to capture the moment in the amazing setting of the Palace courtyard. John Stepney, Chair of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, was our rider for the first leg from Hampton Court Palace to Darent Hospital, Dartford.

During the next 2 months, the scroll will travel the length  of the UK calling in at 30 hospitals, from Brighton to Stornoway, collecting signatures and donations as it travels. A schedule of visits is listed on the project website

The final stop will be at the Royal College of Midwives, London, close to where the journey started.  Depending on the outcome of the UK tour, the scroll will then embark upon a global journey to continue to raise awareness and funds in support of the Motorcycle Outreach mission.

We would like thank Kate Minchin, Events Organiser at Hampton Court Palace for making it possible for us the use the Palace grounds for the launch , and to Eric , Paul and John for giving their time freely to support the launch event. We would also like to thank all the student midwife volunteers who have worked so hard over the last few months to make Precious Cargo become a reality.

If you would like to support the project, please visit the Home page of where you can make an on line donation. Thank you.

GroupSmallScrollMOD_2690 (1)


Setting a new Guinness Record : Launch of ‘Precious Cargo’ project with UK student midwives

As part of a joint effort to participate in the UN’s Millennium Development Goal for a reduction in overall worldwide maternal death rates, the healthcare logistics charity Motorcycle Outreach has created a ground-breaking project called
‘Precious Cargo’. The project will be launched at Hampton Court Palace, London, on Saturday 28th September 2013. The project has been developed in partnership with StudentMidwives.Net, the Nationwide Association of Bloodbikes, together with RCM student and practicing midwives and other healthcare workers around the country.

l9EwOpfThe objective of ‘Precious Cargo’ is to send a scroll on a global journey visiting those involved with midwifery starting with a tour of UK hospitals and maternity units collecting signatures (and donations) as it travels. As a boost to the project, Guinness World Records has created a new category for “Most Signatures on a Scroll” based on the Precious Cargo initiative and the project will be the first to set the world record.

Around the world, 800 women die every day from childbirth-related complications – many of which are avoidable – andthose in rural areas are most at risk (WHO 2013). During childbirth, timing can be critical and for rural areas thegeography of the landscape can mean that there are significant challenges for professionals to get to those in need.

Motorcycle Outreach works with Health Ministries and local projects in developing countries to provide properly managed and maintained motorcycles for use by healthcare workers. This enables mobile teams to provide health care
to people living in remote villages where road access is poor. The purpose of the Precious Cargo project is to raise funds
to enable Motorcycle Outreach to be able to continue to support its existing project and expand its operations to other parts of the world.

The idea is based on a previous fund-raising project run by the Women’s International Motorcycling Association that raised £35,000 for the street kids of India.

Regional members of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes in England and Scotland will be supporting the project by providing a “courier service” for the scroll (the precious cargo) between hospitals. The student midwives/midwives will facilitate the signing of the scroll during its 48 hour visit at each location.

The scroll’s journey starts from Hampton Court Palace, London, on Saturday 28th September 2013. From there, it will do a tour of approximately 40 hospitals across the country until the end of November. The UK tour will be a “pilot”Motorcycle Outreach: C/O Po Box 97, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 4BP. 07785 543924 / 07979 757484
project and if successful, the scroll will embark on an international tour that is expected to begin in the New Year. This will include a visit to the International Confederation of Midwives triennial conference in Prague in 2014 to promote
the project to the ICM’s 108 member countries.

The project is supported by the RCM, the UK Association of Milk Banks (UKAMB), Association of Radical Midwives (ARM), White Ribbon Alliance and by prominent figures in the midwifery profession including Sheena Byrom OBE, a leading independent midwife, and Frances Day Stirk, President of the ICM.

The website for the project can be found at . People who sign the scroll will be invited to make a donation either locally during the visit or online to Virgin Money Giving, reached via the Precious Cargo website. For more information, contact the project coordinator, Ron Common at

Launch of “Precious Cargo” project with student midwives

As part of a joint effort to participate in the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of a reduction in overall worldwide maternal death rates, Motorcycle Outreach is partnering with StudentMidwives.Net together with midwives and other healthcare workers around the country to create a ground-breaking project called “Precious Cargo”.

Precious Cargo project

 The plan is to send a scroll (one of the oldest forms of communication) on a global journey, visiting those involved with midwifery (one of the oldest professions) starting with a tour of UK hospitals and maternity units collecting signatures (and donations) as it travels.

Sheena Byrom OBE, one of UK’s leading midwives, is supporting the campaign.

Example of a signed scroll (courtesy of S Ravensdale, Street Kids of India campaign)

DSC00288 (2)

Regional members of the National Association of Blood Bikes will be supporting the campaign by providing their trusted courier service for the scroll (the precious cargo) between the hospitals. The student midwives/midwives will facilitate the signing of the scroll during it’s 24 hour visit at each location.

The scroll’s journey will start from Hampton Court Palace, London, on Saturday 28th September 2013. From there, it will do a tour of up to 50 hospitals until the end of November. A provisonal route will be published towards the end of August. The UK tour will be a “pilot” for the worldwide journey, that will begin after the UK leg has been completed, and will continue throughout 2014.

The website for the project can be found at .  People who sign the scroll will be invited to make a donation via Virgin Money Giving or the Precious Cargo website. For more information, contact Ron Common at

Tiger 800 Motorcycle Forum Makes Significant Donation to Motorcycle Outreach Charity

130 Tiger 800 riders from 20 countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brazil, USA, Canada, UK & Europe have raised over £1500 for Motorcycle Outreach in just 12 weeks.

The group, all members of the Tiger 800 Forum, ran a photo competition of owners’ bikes in different parts of the world throughout last summer. The best photos (of over 200 submitted) were selected to produce a 2013 calendar and 200 copies were sold and distributed to members all over the world between November and January.

With over 26,000 hits on the forum the project proved to be highly popular among the international Triumph community. It also demonstrates that with just a little effort, motorcycle groups can create a sense of community across international boundaries , raise money for good causes and generate a positive public image for motorcycling.

Pictured: MoR Directors Barbara Alam and Craig Carey Clinch. Ron Common from the Tiger 800 Forum and Sam Manicom the well-known adventure motorcycle traveller.
Pictured: MoR Directors Barbara Alam and Craig Carey Clinch. Ron Common from the Tiger 800 Forum and Sam Manicom the well-known adventure motorcycle traveller.

A representative from the group formally presented the cheque to Craig Carey-Clinch, Director of Motorcycle Outreach on the Triumph stand at the MCN & Carole Nash bike show on Friday, 15th February 2013.

Sam Manicom, the well-known adventure motorcyclist and long-time supporter of Motorcycle Outreach, attended the presentation.

Motorcycle Outreach works with Health Ministries and local projects in developing countries to provide properly managed and maintained motorcycles for use by healthcare workers. This enables mobile teams to provide health care to people living in remote villages where road access is poor.

The money raised will be used to buy a new motorcycle for the charity’s project in Indonesia where the mobile health care team supports over 50,000 people living in remote villages on the island of Flores.

Craig Carey-Clinch said: “Motorcycle Outreach is delighted with the donation from the Tiger 800 Forum. Among our other activities this year, we are hoping to replace the motorcycles that are used by heath care workers in Flores, Indonesia and the donation will really help towards this. The existing bikes have been in use for over ten years, which shows the value of managing vehicles used in aid projects properly. We are also extremely grateful to Triumph Motorcycles who hosted the presentation on their show stand.”

Charity Ride from Tibet to Wales in aid of Motorcycle Outreach

Mark and Nigel Crew
Mark and Nigel Crew

Two brothers from South Wales, Mark and Nigel Crew, will set off on 21st April 2012 from Shanghai on a six-week adventure that will include riding a motorcycle and sidecar across the Himilayas, and a motorbike ride from Athens to the Caspian sea and back to Wales, They are raising money for the charity Motorcycle Outreach, which provides essential transport for healthcare workers in developing countries.

Nigel Crew explained

We have been planning this trip for 18 months. We will start from our youngest brother Jonathans home in Shanghai and then head to Lhasa. There we join a group of eight veteran motorcycles and sidecars and a film crew. We will then ride from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal, including visiting Mount Everest base camp.

In the meantime our motorbikes are being transported to Athens. We will the collect them and head north east to cross Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan to reach Baku on the Caspian sea. Then we head all the way back to Wales, collecting money all the way.

Mark Crew added:

We have wanted to raise money for this charity ( for some years. They do a lot of work in the remote areas of Indonesia, including delivering essential midwifery services. When Jonathan lived in Indonesia his wife Laura had a very difficult birth delivering the twins Emily and Felix. Fortunately she had access to good medical facilities, but in remote areas, without charities such as Motorcycle Outreach, the outcome could have been very different.

Ace1For more information visit or follow the brothers on Twitter @NickC46, @badlydrawnk9 and @warmgazpacho


Successful ascent of Kilimanjaro in aid of Motorcycle Outreach

I looked up towards the silhouetted rim of the mountain and wondered if the stars that I saw twinkling in the night sky just above the rim were actually just head torches from other people, beaming brightly in the cold night.

“I just hope it’s stars,” I thought to myself, “because that’s one heck of a climb still to go to reach my final goal at the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world.” Then I realised that the stars were moving, pressing on, “pole pole” (slowly slowly in Swahili).

kilimanjaro_099So that’s what I did, pressed on – one foot in front of the other, with the altitude, the scree and the rocks making every inch hard work – until I could see the sun peeking its weary head over the glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then my spirits rose, my steps became lighter and I knew that within a few minutes I would be standing on top of the mountain that had seemed such a distance away last January yet now was no distance at all.
So it was that at 6am on 24th September 2009 I reached the plateau at 5,895meters and walked the short distance to the sign which stated that congratulations were in order because I was standing at Uhuru Peak, Tanzania (where Simon Milward had stood all those sunrises ago) and I let out a short breath and said . “I’ve done it!”

Now reality set in, as it was damned cold up there, but you have to try and take it all in quickly because you have so little time. I gave my camera to Jason and he kindly took the photograph of me in the place where many a weary soul has stood, by that very unique worn out piece of wood.

Gloves off and it’s my turn to take snapshots of the beautiful landscape around me, but intense cold has a habit of making you want warmth so after about 15 minutes it was time to leave the summit of the volcano and start the 6-hr-plus climb back down to camp Barafua at 4,600 metres.

kilimanjaro_145It’s always a strange feeling to leave somewhere you have always dreamed of being, so I stretched out my arms to feel the last blast of cold air and to thank the wind that took me to this place before I started weaving my way back down Kilimanjaro.
The rest, as they say, is history but on my eight days of trekking up and down Kilimanjaro I have come to respect anyone doing the same. Believe me, there are few that walk its sacred paths because this is not an easy climb. OK you may have porters carrying your tents and various other bits for you but you still have to conquer your weariness and the altitude, and you are still roughing it on a mountain that can turn misty and cold and wet at anytime.

Some nights were cold but, hey, I still got up at 2am to have a pee in the woodshed they call the “long drop” (ooh that smell!) and walked back to my tent looking up at the clear night sky with millions of stars looking back at me (well really it was minus something, because I couldn’t feel a thing!) But the point is, you have to push yourself to make the summit of Kilimanjaro, so fair play to everyone in history that has made it there.

To all my friends, family and all the folks who put their hard work into helping me raise the money for Motorcycle Outreach in memory of Simon, I thank you very much.

Also all that donated their hard earned cash.

Also those that should have, but didn’t. I forgive you.

Derek Skinner,

Kilimanjaro Trek in aid of Motorcycle Outreach

derekskinnerOn the 16th to the 27th September 2009 I, Derek Skinner, will be following in the footsteps of the inspirational Simon Milward (1965-2005) and climbing, scrambling and puffing my way up 5,895 m to the top of Kilimanjaro. Simon climbed the world’s highest free standing mountain in 2005. I hope to stand where Simon stood on top of Kilimanjaro.

I’m doing this

1: to test myself as a person

2: in the memory of Simon

3: to raise as much money as possible for Motorcycle Outreach.
I don’t need to tell you the great job being done delivering healthcare to the outlying villages in the poorest and most remote regions in the world.

Raising as much as possible (with your help) for Motorcycle Outreach I hope I can do my bit so they can carry on the great work they do.

So please donate on

In September 2009, Derek Skinner successfully climbed Kilimanjaro. For more info…