1000 motorbikes to convoy through Dorset for Renal Unit at Royal Bournemouth Hospital

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Published on 27 July 2015 by Gill

A 1000-strong motorcycle convoy will make its way through Dorset on the August bank holiday weekend to raise crucial funds for the Renal Unit at RoyalBournemouthHospital. ​

Spencer Furley, himself a patient at Royal Bournemouth, tells his story and how he came to organise the convoy fundraiser to give something back to the team which has helped him since suffering from kidney failure.

He explains: “I decided on the idea of a motorbike convoy after seeing a group of bikers out one day and thought how great it would be to try and gather initially 3000 bikes for an event, which seemed a little high but would still be a spectacle, so we decided on a 1000 which is more realistic.

“Because I dialyse three times a week at the Bournemouth satellite unit, I got talking to the nurses about equipment that might be needed and mentioned the convoy idea. As funds are always being stretched in the NHS I decided to give something back to the unit. We are four shifts of patients from 8am till 11pm, each sat on a machine for four hours three times a week. The unit would benefit form a sonic scanner which is a small device used to check the vein for clearance for the access of the needles, and also a couple of TVs, as you can imagine, it gets a little boring sat for four hours.

“This makes it easier for the doctors and nurses to plan any possible care for the access ahead of time and keep an eye on progress. The access is very important as it means we will get a good or not so good session.

“I have always wanted to plan something big to make a positive change and this sounded like a great opportunity. The unit benefits, I get the satisfaction of making something like this happen and the bikers enjoy being part of something for a good cause. Everyone is a winner.”

The plan

On Sunday August 30 2015 the convoy will travel from Wimborne, Dorset to Henstridge Airfield, Somerset.

The aim is to get around 1000 motorbikes to take part, with the support of Dorset Police who are leading the convoy through over 30 miles of beautiful Dorset countryside. 

The end destination at Henstridge Airfield will be laying on some great entertainment, including trade stands, model and full size aircraft flying displays and music from three local bands.

A BBQ and hog roast along with a bar will also be available, with camping on the night only costing £3.

Registration costs £5 and can be made at: http://www.kidneyfundraisingconvoy.co.uk/index.php/register1/

More information can be found at www.kidneyfundraisingconvoy.co.uk or through the Facebook page

Closing date for registration is August 23.