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 www.precious-cargo.org
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 www.precious-cargo.org where you can make an on line donation. Thank you.