10 August 2018
Barbersride 2018, a Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland supported fund-raising rideout by a team of international barbers, completed its five-day rideout around the UK with a cheque presentation at Alder Hey, Liverpool. The donation figure of £10,000 was graciously received by Alder Hey staff representing Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, although this figure will rise when all donations are counted.
For Barbersride 2018, the team of motorcycle riding barbers and guests from across the globe covered a five day A and B-road route that would see the Barbersride team ending their daily ride with evening stopovers at five Harley-Davidson® dealerships. These stopovers incorporated barbering workshops and fund-raising haircuts during after-event parties held at the hosting dealers’ premises.
The route by Barbersride 2018 covered 1000 miles and took in six Harley-Davidson dealerships, starting out on Sunday 5th August at Bowker Harley-Davidson® (Preston) followed by stopover events at HarleyWorld Chesterfield, Newmarket Harley-Davidson®, Shaw Harley-Davidson®, Riders of Bridgwater and finally Chester Harley-Davidson®.
For each of the stopovers, the host dealers ensured a good time was had by the Barbersride team, support staff and attending visitors and fans of Harley-Davidson. Music, food and refreshments were laid on for the entry paying visitors, which meant an ordinary week night turned into a rather splendid social event. The nightly events were made better with money donations for the Barbersride charity and entry money for a raffle to win a Harley-Davidson® leather riding jacket, donated by Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland as part of its association with Barbersride.
Fresh from Barbersride 2018, Richie Finney of Captain Fawcett Ltd and one of the original founders of Barbersride, said: “Barbersride’s collective aim was to ride well over a 1000 miles and raise money for Alder-Hey Children’s Hospital in the process. Each Harley-Davidson dealership that was involved hosted a seminar that showcased the skills and repertoire of well-known and industry respected barbers. The final figure is yet to be confirmed. However, it would appear that we have topped last year’s £10,000! A special mention and a huge thank you to the Speakeasy Barbershop in Rainhill, Merseyside, who raised a phenomenal £2100... Huzzah!”
Talking about the success of Barbersride 2018, Steven Colling, Marketing Manager Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland said: “Once again the association between Barbersride and Harley-Davidson has produced a fantastic result in the form of a large donation to a very worthy cause. We would like to thank the Barbersride team, our dealerships and their staff for all their assistance, and all the people who made donations large or small for making the second year of Barbersride such a brilliant event.”