Record Ulster Grand Prix cash boost for Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund

Adam McLean and UGP Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston join Injured Riders' Welfare Fund members Jan Simm, Sharon Neill, Sheila Sinton and Susan Lester to annouce the Fund collected a record �13,900 as the  chosen charity of the fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix' in 2019. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Adam McLean and UGP Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston join Injured Riders' Welfare Fund members Jan Simm, Sharon Neill, Sheila Sinton and Susan Lester to annouce the Fund collected a record �13,900 as the chosen charity of the fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix' in 2019. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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The Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund, the charity that has been supporting injured motorcycle racers since 2003, raised a record-breaking £13,900 at this year’s fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix.

That money will be used to offer financial assistance and emotional support to riders from all over Ireland who are injured whilst racing at home or abroad. The Fund also supports overseas riders who are injured whilst competing in Ireland.

“We are absolutely delighted that our fund was this year’s charity partner at the fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix.” said Jan Simm from the Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund. “It gave us the opportunity to raise much needed money and to raise the profile of the Fund and the work we do.

“An amazing amount was raised - the most ever - and we are very grateful to everyone who donated.

“We would also like to give massive thanks to the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club for giving us this opportunity.”

Fundraising events were held throughout race week including a sponsored walk around the 7.4 mile course, the sale of donated racing memorabilia items and a table quiz - £220 was also donated from photographers.

Approximately a third of money raised was from the sale of donated items during the auctions.

“A team of 16 collectors were also busy throughout Bike Week collecting donations.” said Simm. “We welcomed some new recruits to our team this year who soon realised that alongside the friendly banter there was a strong competitive edge as everyone worked hard to collect the most amount! 

“One of our collectors had a secret weapon in the form of Henry Wee Wheels.

“Henry is a dog who was paralysed before being rescued from China and is also the mascot for the Ulster Superbike Championship.

“He scoots around the paddock on two wheels, receiving a lot of attention.”