Visiting Angel turned Hell’s Angel for charity bike ride!
Posted 23/10/2019 : By: Debbie Dennis
Dan Archer, Managing Director of local in-home care company, Visiting Angels, rode across South Yorkshire on his trusty Harley Davidson to raise funds for Prostate Cancer and the Movember Foundation. As part of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Dan donned his finest tweed and shiniest boots to raise £1,354 for the men’s health charities.
The official Sheffield-based ride was set to take place on September 29th but was cancelled due to severe weather conditions. However, determined to uphold his end of the bargain, Dan completed a solo ride on October 6th. He rode from his office in Chapeltown, around North Sheffield and cross country back to his hometown in Barnsley.
“Although it was disappointing to have the official ride cancelled, I knew that I couldn’t let everyone down who had sponsored me. I wanted to complete the ride, so I designed my own route. It was very important for me to take part and raise funds for such a worthy cause. Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis, yet it’s one that is rarely talked about. We can’t afford to stay silent.”
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride takes place every year all over the globe. Riders mount classic and vintage style motorcycles to raise awareness and fundraise for Prostate Cancer Research and men’s mental health. Since 2012, the race has seen over a quarter of a million riders take part, with over $18.5m USD being raised for men’s health. Having smashed his target of £1200, Dan is the second highest fundraiser registered in the Sheffield leg.
The local businessman thundered along the 70-mile journey on his Harley Davidson wearing the familiar attire of Don Draper. He forms part of the 8,000 strong network of UK riders that registered for races this year. This year, the UK is the second top fundraiser in the world, riding hot on the heels of riders in America.
“I feel extremely honoured to have been part of the worldwide ride. Although I’m just one of the hundreds of thousands of riders all over the globe, to be able to do it in my hometown was really rewarding. I’ve got a special connection with the area, especially working in the care industry, and it was important for me to be able to complete a ride, come what may.”