come out in the rain, obviously they get caught out at times but the rain didn’t last for very long and we were dry by the time we arrived at Felixstowe. Once I parked up in the designated car park, packed my helmet away, the heavens opened again, not for long but long enough to soak me so I was walking around for the remainder with wet hair, trying not to look like a drowned rat. There had been quite a lot of bikes go directly to Felixstowe, not every one likes doing large group rides or giving to charity but that’s there choice. The Hospice collected about £4000, many put in more then the £5 registration asked for. Like the Air Ambulance a Hospice is something we may all need at some point in our lives but hope we never do. The stands at Felixstowe seemed very busy with people milling around, our SAM gazebo had quite a few there when I passed by. Rospa and Serv equally so, most of the shops opened to catch the extra trade, very wise of them. I would like to give a massive THANKS to all the volunteers that came to Stonham Barns to help direct and organize the bikes as they came in, then they took the role of ride leaders, static and travelling marshals, no one needed telling what to do, most had done it many times before. Also, to those that made the effort to get to Felixstowe car park early to help the parking there. A thank you must go to Felixstowe Council for providing a free car park for the day and to Stonham Barns for their free support, no payment is made for this, they both only make on what’s spent in the shops. Well done every body and thank you so much for taking the pressure off Dave and I with your efficiency. The Hospice is eager to book a date for next year, as this one was so successful for them, so lets hope it continues. Thank you all once again. For your advice and encouragement along the way and the help on the day.
Vicky Smith The SAM Observer August 2013
The August 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"