Motorcycling mayor boosts youth charity

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Belper’s motorcycling mayor roared around a competitive race track to raise more than £700 for a youth project.

Deborah Biss completed a session on a motorbike at Mallory Race Track, Leicestershire during a Vintage Motorcycle Club Festival to generate money for the town’s Drop Inn Youth Centre.

She joined 1,000 bikes on the track for the adrenaline fuelled fundraiser which marked her first ever circuit of a race track - and on a much more powerful machine than her normal Honda 250.

Councillor Biss said: “It was completely different to being on the road - I’m not sure I liked it - and I was on my husband’s 650cc motorbike.

“However I got round without any incidents and it was all for a good cause. Word got round about what I was doing I was called up on stage in the evening and a collection was held - boosting the total by an extra £282.

“I would like to praise the Vintage Motorcycle Club who organised the extremely successful event, their Chief Executive being former Belper resident JamesHewing.”

The money will fund a project at the Drop Inn for young people aged 16 plus to take part in road awareness, hazard perception, basic motorcycle maintenance and to complete their CBT.

Mrs Biss said many young people looking for work or college places cannot get them as they are unable to provide their own transport.

She continued: “This will give young people extra skills to make them more attractive to employers.

“Also as young people they may not earn that much and half of their wage can go just on travel expenses.”

The cost per young person to complete the course is £100. The Drop Inn is also appealing to businesses to sponsor a young person for the total cost of participation.

Drop Inn founder Andrea Fox said: “What the mayor is doing for us and young people is wonderful.

“Councillor Biss suggested the idea to me following her own concerns about young people not getting enough opportunities to get into work due to transport difficulties.

“This is a great idea especially as the project will include basic motorcycle maintenance and road awareness.

“So many young people who do manage to get their CBT individually do not get road awareness or maintenance – through this project they can gain knowledge in these areas helping their independence and opportunities.

To donate towards the fundraising effort, follow the link on the Drop Inn website www.thedropinn.org or contact the centre direct.