SBM gets an update on the Erskine Bike Meet 2018
from Jennifer Campbell
The Erskine Motorbike Meet has established itself as an unmissable date in the motorbike enthusiast’s calendar for local families and supporters alike. At the inaugural event in 2006, a handful of bikers arrived at The Erskine Home for coffee, nibbles and to spend some time with our veterans. In the 12 years since, the event has grown rapidly and now welcomes around 1000 motorbikes / trikes and scooters, and over 4000 visitors who support an event at the heart of the local community while benefits one of Scotland’s best-loved veterans’ charities.
The 2017 Erskine Motorbike Meet event was the biggest yet and raised over £12,600. The Motorbike Meet starts with a parade of two & three wheeled vehicles through the town of Erskine, who are then led by a pipe band into the main event. The fun family day features lots of family entertainment including: fairground rides; live music; displays; shopping; street performers and much more.
The event welcomes everyone and brings the community into the veterans’ home. The Motorbike Meet was originally initiated by volunteers in 2006, who have been the backbone of this event to this day. This team is co-ordinated and led with Erskine’s’ support by Erskine volunteer and ambassador, Heather Clissett. Alongside Heather, the 2017 event welcomed a mini army of 44 volunteers supporting the event.
Heather Clissett said: “The Erskine Motorbike Meet has grown larger than we could have ever hoped in its 12 years. We hope all who visit know how much their loyalty to, and respect for, Erskine’s’ veterans means. We are so grateful and appreciative to them for never failing to turn out and we hope they realise how much it all means to Erskine and the respect we have for all our two and three wheeled visitors.”
By holding this event within the grounds of The Erskine Home in Bishopton, it allows visitors to see the direct impact that their fundraising has on the quality of lives of our veterans and provides an insight into the person centred care that the charity provides. Holding the event on site also allows Erskine residents to actively participate and enjoy the day including:
- New to the event in 2017, Erskine veterans led the Motorbike parade in vintage cars which was live streamed on Social Media
- A team of Erskine veterans challenged a team of bikers to a competitive game of Boccia bowls, with the mighty Erskine veterans winning!! This friendly competition will return in 2018
- Erskine care staff also got involved by having stalls at the Bike Meet.
Save the Date! The Erskine Motorbike Meet 2018 will take place on Sunday 27th May from 1pm – 5pm. Entry for bikes – £5 per bike / Entry for visitors – £2 donation
If you would like to support this Erskine event there are various ways you can get involved, from sponsorship, gifts-in-kind or the donation of a prize or experience for the raffle. To discuss further please contact Jennifer Campbell on 0141 814 4729 / Jennifer.email@example.com