Bikers charity bash is a big success

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The organiser of a weekend of fundraising activities has said he is delighted with the outcome.

The SKruffs weekender ran from Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14, and included a number of events, which included a bike ride-out starting in Irthlingborough, to raise cash for charity.

Sam Brown, organiser of the event, said more than £1,000 was raised overall for MacMillan Cancer Support and the National Association of Bikers With a Disability (NABD).

Mr Brown said: “It was absolutely fantastic, we had about 300 people who came over the weekend, it was great.

“My father, whose nickname is scruffs, is ill at the moment, and is on oxygen 24-hours a day. I wanted to organise something that will carry his name on. “The weekend was great and we fully intend to make this a yearly event, and hopefully more people will get to know his name.”

Mr Brown said his father, who is a biker himself, is a ‘brilliant dad’ and it was emotional at times during the weekend to see the support for him.

The event was held at the British Arms pub, in Baker Street, Irthlingborough, and included a number of live bands performing over the weekend, a BBQ, and karaoke.

A group of bikers then went for a ‘ride-out’ around the area, which departed the pub on the Sunday morning.

Mr Brown said the ‘SKruffs weekender’ was named after his father but explained that the spelling of his dad’s nickname was changed in the title of the weekend event, to use a ‘K’ rather than a ‘C,’ as a tribute to Mr Brown’s wife Karen, who celebrated her birthday on the weekend.

Mr Brown added that he would like to thank the landlords of the pub, Kelly and Chris. He said: “It wouldn’t have been possible without them.”