Ride to the Wall Blog
Monday, 3 June 2013
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the MBE for voluntary groups and is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. It is an annual award made to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.
It is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.
Ride to the Wall was formed in 2008 by a small group of volunteers who shared the same values of Remembrance and Respect, and has grown year on year and beyond any expectation. As the numbers of supporters and attendees increased significantly every year and the size and scale of the organisation grew considerably, the requirement for additional volunteers also grew and was met by an ever increasing number of volunteers now totalling almost 300, who unselfishly give up their time. Through their commitment, dedication and hard work they allow the 16, 000 names carved on the Armed Forces Memorial to live on in our memory.
We hope that you will join us in congratulating all the volunteers on being awarded this prestigious accolade and on their fantastic achievement.
Ride To The Wall
Friday, 22 March 2013
To register your voluntary contribution please follow this link:
There are eight start points for 2013, including a start point for non motorway riders.
For all start point information please follow this link:
The online shop is now open and a number of new products have been added to the range, including an exciting new design for the 2013 T-Shirt.
Please follow this link to visit our online shop:
We look forward to seeing you on the 5th October 2013 where we will all ride together to remember those who can no longer ride by our side.
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
This year we have eight starting points around the country with many hundreds of motorcyclists starting from each of the points. On Saturday you will be riding with thousands of fellow motorcyclists who share your values and recognise the sacrifice made by the names on the wall.
All information on start points is available on our website:
Please note that departure from route 6 has been brought forward to 09:20 for operational reasons.
Each starting place will have clearly identifiable marshals to assist you should you require it. There are also full toilet and refreshment facilities to allow riders to rest prior to the organised ride in start.
As ever your safety is paramount and there is important information on the Ride on our website.
Please familiarise yourself with this information:
Upon arrival at The National Memorial arboretum you will be directed to the relevant parking area:
All rides are timed to ensure a steady flow of arrivals at The National Memorial Arboretum to ensure timely and orderly parking, and to give you plenty of time to explore the beautiful complex of memorials and have lunch before the main remembrance service commences.
Any further updates will be posted on the website blog, our Facebook and Twitter pages so please visit regularly and we will keep you in touch with Ride to The Wall 2012.
Your participation in the ride and the ever growing number who join us every year is a visible and tangible sign of the respect and gratitude that motorcyclists have for the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.
As always I am humbled and grateful for the fantastic support that the ride receives.
I very much look forward to seeing you on 6th October 2012 where we will ride to remember those who can no longer ride by our side.
See you at the Wall.
Monday, 18 June 2012
Ride To The Wall Cheque Presentation 30th June 2012
The Trustees and Management Committee of Ride To The Wall are pleased to extend an invitation to join us for the Ride To The Wall cheque presentation to The National Memorial Arboretum for funds raised during 2011.
The cheque presentation will take place within the context of the Armed Forces Day Celebrations on Saturday 30 June 2012, which will be held at The National Memorial Arboretum and will be part of a full programme of events to commemorate and celebrate Armed Forces Day, which will include the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC will carry the torch and has also kindly agreed to accept the cheque from Ride To The Wall on behalf of the Arboretum. The torch will arrive at 08:30 am and the cheque presentation will take place after the torch has been carried to the Armed Forces Memorial. Further updates of the event will be published on our Facebook and Twitter pages so please visit regularly and we will keep you in touch.
As the cheque presentation will take place early in the day and we appreciate that some of you may have to travel some distance we have made arrangements for camping at the Midlands Water-Ski Centre which is a short ride from The National Memorial Arboretum. Richard Quill the owner has kindly agreed a concessionary rate of £5.00 per tent for those who will be attending the Ride To The Wall Cheque Presentation:
Location and contact details are can be found here: www.wmwsc.com
Ride To The Wall is honoured to have been asked to display number a of motorcycles which will be parked on Millennium Avenue and through which the Olympic Torch will be carried on its way to the Armed Forces Memorial.
There are a limited number places available for this display and we are pleased to be able to offer to Ride To The Wall supporters the opportunity to participate and place their motorcycles in this display. Please note that the motorcycles for the display will need to muster at 06:00 am at a nearby meeting point and will then ride in formation to the Arboretum.
Should you wish to be part of this display please register your interest by submitting the online form, here: www.ridetothewall.org.uk/cheque_presentation.php
Submissions received by the 21st June 2012 will be entered in a draw and selected by a random generator. The registrants selected will be contacted shortly afterwards informing them of their participation in the display and confirming the details and arrangements.
Should you NOT receive an email it will mean you have not been selected for the display but you are equally welcome and parking will be available in the car park opposite the NMA and you will be able to walk across and join in on the day.
The cheque presentation is very much your day. All the funds raised during 2011 were made a reality by your support, for which we are always both grateful and humbled. We would be privileged to share another unique day together and welcome the opportunity to extend our gratitude for your support.
We very much hope that you will be able to join us for this unique event and look forward to seeing you on the 30th June.
The Trustees and Management Committee of Ride To The Wall
Ride To The Wall • email@example.com
© 2012 Ride To The Wall • all rights reserved.
Friday, 27 April 2012
5th Anniversary 2012
Launch of Registration For Voluntary Contributions and online shopWelcome to the official launch of the 5th Anniversary 2012 Registration for voluntary contributions and the Ride To The Wall online shop.
When I first planted the seed of an idea of some form of motorcycle specific memorial ride back in 2008 I never thought that the Ride would become so firmly established in the motorcycling calendar. This has only been achieved by the huge numbers of motorcyclists who have supported the Ride over the years and who share the values of Remembrance and Respect that are the foundations of the ride. Five years on from the original ride I am both proud and humbled to announce the launch of our 5th Anniversary Ride.
Registration for Voluntary contributions and the online shop is now open.
» To register your voluntary contribution please follow this link....
The recommended voluntary contribution for 2012 will be £10. You will receive a year bar, which to mark our 5th Anniversary for 2012 will be in the colour gold, your name will also be entered in the scroll of honour recognising the contribution you have made and the pride and respect that you show for the sacrifice made by the names on the wall.
Ride To The Wall is a registered charity and as such is able to benefit from the gift aid scheme and I would urge you to make full use of the gift aid as it increases the value of your contributions significantly.
Important - New Start PointThis year also sees the inception of an additional start point, which has specifically been put in place following feedback from supporters. The new Start point, Route 5 on the A51 is intended to accommodate only riders who may be restricted from using our motorway routes due to the engine size or vintage of their motorcycle. This now brings the total number of start points to eight.
» For all start point information please follow this link...
The Ride To The Wall Merchandising team have been working hard over the winter and I am pleased to introduce our 5th Anniversary range which features the new anniversary design and the colour gold which will only be used to mark significant milestones in the history of Ride To The Wall. The range has also been extended to include other non-anniversary items.
» Please follow this link to visit our online shop...
In closing, I'd like to once again say a huge thank you for all your support. I look forward to seeing you on 6th October 2012 where we will ride together to remember those who can no longer ride by our side.
All updates will be posted on the website, blog, our Facebook and Twitter pages so please visit regularly and we will keep you in touch with Ride to The Wall 2012.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
The support That Ride To The wall has received over the last few years from the motorcycling community has been fantastic and quite humbling.
A large number of participants in the ride have always asked how they could do more and were especially keen to get their ride sponsored.
I am very pleased to announce that you can now do this as either an individual or collectively as a Club.
Ride To The Wall has created a fundraising page with Bmy Charity, the most cost effective online fundraising service. They don’t charge any commission which means that more of the money raised goes directly to Ride To The Wall. More details on how they operate can be found on their website:
With regards to setting up your own fundraising page in support of Ride To The Wall please visit:
On this page you will find a step by step guide as to how to set up your own fundraising page. It’s very easy to do and should only take a few minutes, but should you need any assistance Bmy charity have a helpline number that you will find on their website. When you are set up and ready to go please remind your sponsors to use Gift Aid as Ride To The Wall is now a registered charity and Gift Aid significantly enhances the value of the donation at no cost to the donor.
I am excited that this initiative will enhance our ability to raise further funds to help towards the upkeep of the venue that perpetuates the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can all ride free.
Founder - Ride to The Wall
Thursday, 29 September 2011
The contributions made by RTTW particpants and donors is valuable and will go towards the upkeep and enhancement of the venue that serves to perpetuate the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Another year has passed and The Ride is now upon us and it is time again for motorcyclists from near & far to ride together and gather at the National Memorial Arboretum on Saturday the 1st of October 2011 to pay our respects and to remember those who can no longer ride by our side.
This year we have some seven starting points around the country with many hundreds of motorcyclists starting from each of the points. On Saturday you will be riding with thousands of fellow motorcyclists who share your values of Remembrance and Respect.
Each starting place will have clearly identifiable marshals to assist along with full toilet and refreshment facilities to allow riders to rest prior to the organised ride in start.
Please read the important information on the Ride on our website:
All rides are timed to ensure a steady flow of arrivals at The National Memorial Arboretum to ensure timely and orderly parking, and to give you plenty of time to explore the beautiful complex of memorials and have lunch before the main remembrance service commences, which will commence at 14:00.
Please read the important information on parking at the The National Memorial Arboretum on our Website. This also applies to those of you who will be joining us directly at The NMA and making your own way there.
In closing, I'd like to once again say a huge thank you for all your support and as ever I am humbled by the fantastic support that the ride receives. I very much look forward to seeing you on 1st October 2011 where we will ride to remember those who can no longer ride by our side.