John and Angela Gaskell of Midlands-based Revs Suspension Products held their 10th annual charity golf day, supported by 160 players, at Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club on 6 July.
“We are extremely grateful to the many sponsors over the years, but especially to the support of the motorcycle trade, who have been amazing,” said the couple.
“This year’s event has already raised £14,500, with two more charity events to go, so we are on track to bring in our personal best and well on the way to reaching our target of £100,000.”
Their fundraising started after Ange lost her mom to cancer. At the same time, John turned 60 and had been in the bike trade for 45 years. They had arranged a golf day at the club with about 40 family and friends.
“It was a tough decision to go ahead with the golf day and the 60th celebrations as it was only two weeks after Ange’s mom’s death,” said John, “but we talked about it and decided her mom would not want us to cancel the event, so we decided to do a small raffle for Cancer Research UK in her memory.
“It was a great day, sad at times, but we managed to raise around £500, which was amazing.”
They then set up the Rainbow Cancer Care Foundation and to date have raised in excess of £60,000, benefiting Cancer Research UK, Macmillan, Prostate Cancer UK, Acorns Children’s Hospice and Midlands Air Ambulance.
This year’s event sponsors were Thermotec; Motorline Toyota, Stourbridge; Rygor Mercedes-Benz, Worcester; Streetbike, Halesowen; Double 22 Racing; Motorcycle Mart, Kidderminster; K-Tech Suspension; Classic Restoration; Motomark Racing; M H Racing; MCT Suspension; Pro Link Racing; Alec Dorrell Motorcycles; Bits 4 Bikes; Putoline Distribution.