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UGP fans raise £12,500 for Injured Riders' Fund

THIS year’s MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix fans dug deep into their pockets to give generously to The Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund, a charity that is very close to the event organisers, race fans and racers’ hearts.

Clerk of the Course at the MCE UGP Noel Johnston was delighted to announce they have been able to raise £12,500 throughout bike week, more than they have ever raised before.

He said: “The Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund works hard to raise funds for a worthy cause, they are an integral part of the event and the injured riders and their families who have been helped over the years, are extremely grateful for the support and advice they provide.”

Speaking on behalf of the Fund, Jan Simms said: "We are delighted to partner with the Ulster Grand Prix and thank the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club for making us their designated charity.

“This year we have surpassed all or targets and are absolutely stunned and delighted by the help and generosity of all who attended the race meeting.

"We had so many fundraising events taking place throughout Bike Week, including a sponsored walk, table quiz, an auction, a helicopter flight and our loyal helpers were out all week collecting, even when the weather was bad.

“We owe a massive thank you also to our volunteers and everyone who donated to the fund.”

The Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund, which is headed up by Jan Simm, Sheila Sinton and Yvonne Ward, has been supporting riders after injury since 2003 by offering financial assistance and emotional support. The Fund also covers the costs of travel to hospital and treatment.

If you would like to find out more about the Injured Riders Welfare Fund log onto http://www.injuredriderswelfarefund.org.uk or check out their Facebook page.

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