Welcome to the 'Ride to the Wall' website.
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On the 4th October 2014 we will see the seventh year of Ride to the Wall. The event is a unique and moving experience for many people. Originally founded in 2008 for the motorcycle community, it now sees people both young and old from the UK, Europe and further afield coming together in a moving emotional service to remember the names engraved on the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial, which is situated within the of the National Memorial Arboretum.
There are many reasons why people attend, but for one day in October it is an opportunity for people to unite as one and remember those that have given their lives in conflict and can no longer ride by our side.
Through your commitment and generous support, Ride to the Wall has raised over £218,000 to support the upkeep of the NMA. This has not only highlighted the immense generosity and kindness of the wider motorcycling community but also a far wider audience, and along with breaking down barriers and uniting people from diverse backgrounds, has raised awareness of the National Memorial Arboretum. This culminated in the committee, trustees and volunteers of Ride to the Wall in 2013 being awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Services. It was a tremendous honour and privilege to be presented the award, and an even greater honour to know that the award was only given due to the hard work and dedication of all those that work tirelessly behind the scenes to make RTTW happen on a yearly basis.
Since the day after last years event a small, but committed and dedicated team of volunteers, are once again, along with some new volunteers working tirelessly and passionately to create a unforgettable experience for all those who attend in 2014. This is a role they have been committed to since early 2008 and their commitment and enthusiasm grows stronger and stronger year on year for which I am humbled and grateful.
From early April 2014 the 250 additional volunteers needed to create this event will slowly be coming on board, and working towards a crescendo on the first weekend in October. Once again without these people Ride to the Wall wouldn't be able to take place. Thank you.
For the last 2 years the cheque presentation of monies raised at the previous years event has been presented on Armed Forces Day at the NMA. This year will be no different, with the cheque being presented on 28th June 2014 at 12.30 on the steps of the AFM. The number of people attending each year is growing and it would be a pleasure to see some of you there to witness the handing over of the money you raised in 2013.
In closing, I would like to once again say a huge thank you for all your support and look forward to seeing you on 4th October 2014 for this year's event.