HUNDREDS of bikers are ready to rev up their engines for a charity ride in memory of an inspirational young Sheffield journalist who lost his fight against leukaemia.
The petrolheads will be riding through the Yorkshire countryside raising money for the Anthony Nolan charity – which finds donors for people in need of potentially life-saving bone marrow transplants because they are suffering from blood diseases like leukaemia.
The event has been organised in memory of Adrian Sudbury, from High Green, who died in August 2008 and has been nicked the ‘Av’ It For Adrian’ ride to mirror a biker group motto.
The 27-year-old had received a bone marrow transplant through the charity, which gave him an extra year of life before the complex cancer returned.
In the months before his death Adrian, a reporter on the Huddersfield Examiner, campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the importance of donating stem cells, blood and organs.
His legacy is the Register and Be A Lifesaver scheme, which Anthony Nolan now runs with NHS Blood and Transplant.
The project trains volunteer presenters to deliver talks in sixth forms and colleges, making young people aware of how they could help save lives through donation.
Hannah Wales is a volunteer on the scheme and has organised the race to raise funds and honour Adrian’s memory.
The 32-year-old keen biker said: “I got involved with Anthony Nolan after reading about Adrian’s campaign.
“I wanted to do something which would honour his memory and also raise funds. I named the event Av’ It For Adrian because it’s the motto of biker group Tarmac Terrorists, which I’m part of.
“Although Adrian died, his transplant gave him an extra year with his family and, for many people, a transplant’s a successful cure.
“There are still 37,000 people in the world whose only chance of survival is a stem cell transplant.
“Adrian wanted them to have the same chance he did and he believed that if more people knew the facts about donation, more would sign up as donors.”
The ride takes place on July 31 and will see them travel from Squire’s cafe in Sherburn-in-Elmet to Hawes in Wensleydale.
Each biker will pay £10 to take part and there will also be collections on the day.
n Visit www.anthonynolan.org or call 0303 3030303 for more information and to join up.
n Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has backed a campaign to encourage more people to join the bone marrow donor list.
The Shadow Health Secretary is supporting young cancer sufferer Alice Pyne, whose ‘bucket list’ of wishes includes urging everyone to sign up to become a donor.