300 mile Widows Sons ride out

Widows Sons Southern Chapter will visit 30 Masonic Centres in one day covering 300 miles on their motorbikes

The Widows Sons are back on their bikes for a shared fundraising ride in aid of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Setting off from Kings Court in Chandler’s Ford, Southampton, on Sunday 28 August, 15 riders from the masonic lodge, joined by other Masonic brethren and friends, will visit the 30 centres across Hampshire in a bid to raise money for the local life-saving air ambulance charity.

Vice President of the Chapter, Paul Kneller, said: “The air ambulance is an extremely important service. Knowing that it’s there to help not just motorcyclists, but other unfortunate people who may need a quick response to hospital is incredibly reassuring. This is the fourth ride out we have done for the Air Ambulance, and we’re looking forward to getting out on the road to show our support once again.”

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Director of Income and Engagement, Keith Wilson, said: “Every year groups and clubs in our community come out and show their dedication to our cause. And the Widows Sons are right at the top of that list. We are beyond grateful for everything they do for our patients.”

The group of dedicated bikers began their support for the charity back in 2019 and have since raised more than £33,000. Last year the bikers completed a near 2,000-mile trip from Portsmouth to John O’Groats, stopping off to meet fellow Widows Sons in Wales, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, before making the trip back down south to Portsmouth.

The charity has already responded to more than 933 emergency call-outs this year so far this year. Each mission costs on average £3,320.

To donate to the riders, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/team/Widowssonssouthern