Muslim bikers from Newham burn rubber for disabled children’s charity

08:44 04 July 2014

The Deen Riders

The Deen Riders


Muslim bikers burnt rubber for charity with a two-wheeled journey from London to Torquay, raising over £1,200 for disabled children.

Muslim bikers burnt rubber for charity with a two-wheeled journey from London to Torquay, raising over £1,200 for disabled children.

The Deen Riders, a group of Muslim motorcycle enthusiasts, rode 139 miles from the ACE Cafe in London to the sunny shores of Torquay on June 20 to raise money for the charity Caudwell Children.

Muslims from Newham joined the rest of the 25 bikers, with 2,000 supporters to send them off, before their “easy ride” from the capital to the famous seaside town.

Jamaal Richards, 48, helped start the Deen Riders in 2007, and has since ridden a number of long distance rides, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as for child victims of the Syrian civil war.

A biker for more than 20 years, Jamaal and other Muslims decided to form the Deen Riders and use their passion for bikes to help people.

Jamaal said: “The journey took seven hours due to regular stops at service stations to pray and to help raise awareness of Caudwell Children and the incredible work they do.

“The hardest challenge of the day was riding fully clad in bike leathers in the searing heat.”

Once in Torquay, the riders met 11-year-old Damon Barlow, who has received help from the charity, including specialist equipment to help promote muscle development in his legs.

Julie Phillips, Family Services Coordinator for Caudwell Children, said: “We’re extremely thankful to the Deen Riders for taking on this challenge and raising so much money to help support the work Caudwell Children do.

“The group looked very impressive in all their biking gear, and the families and volunteers had a great time meeting them all, taking photos with the bikes and learning about what they do.”

Caudwell Children provides practical and emotional support to families living with disabled children.

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