Meningitis Now Gives Thanks For Support

Hoggin the Bridge has been supporting Meningitis Now since the events culmination in 2002. 

Steve Dayman, the founder of Meningitis Now (formally Meningitis UK) had this to say about the huge support the event has built up over the years


“Rex Forster the founder of Hoggin the Bridge was a dear friend of mine and a trustee of Meningitis Now (formally Meningitis UK). Nineteen years ago Rex a member of the Bridgewater Chapter organised a major event in the hope it would raise a significant amount of money to fund research into the prevention of meningitis, heighten awareness about the disease and help to save lives and support families who have been affected by the disease. In October 2002 Rex together with his fellow members launched Hog the Bridge. Over 1500 bikers took part raising thousands of pounds for the meningitis cause. Sadly, Rex died 12 years ago and I can well remember the hundreds of bikers who escorted his funeral procession.”

“Since the inaugural event we have been so grateful to the organising committee for a donation every year in memory Rex. An incredible £40,993.32 has been raised over the years for Meningitis Now. We are enormously grateful for your efforts, it has made a huge difference to our ongoing research, awareness and support work and moves us ever closer to our long-term aim – where no one dies from this disease and everybody affected gets the support they need.”

Hoggin The Bridge is thrilled to have made such a difference to Meningitis Now and will continue to support them in the future, through our fundraising and charitable donations. Being able to support as many charities as possible is the focus for moving forward within the event. Therefore we have opted to change the main benefactor annually. For 2019 the main benefactor will be Wales Air Ambulance, who provide a vital support link for motorbikers involved in road traffic accidents.


Wales Air Ambulance covers the whole of Wales every single day. Each year our helicopters attend around 2,500 missions

Some of our supporters of Hoggin The Bridge have been treated by or known fellow bikers who have had to use this vital service. 

Wales Air Ambulance is funded by the people of Wales; we rely entirely on the public’s support to help keep the helicopters flying. The charity does not receive direct funding from the government and we do not qualify for National Lottery funding. 

Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manger, Mark Stevens has shared his thought about being the chosen charity for Hoggin The Bridge;

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the riders who have taken part in ‘Hoggin the bridge’ over the years, which has collectively raised an incredible £19,000 for us. Their donations alone have funded twelve missions across Wales to date. Relying on their continued support in 2019 will ensure we can continue to provide a lifesaving service to the people of Wales wherever or whenever they may need us. We wish all the riders taking part the very best and look forward to another successful year of partnership with them.”

Hoggin The Bridge are proud to have chosen Wales Air Ambulance as our main charity for 2019 and look forward to all your support for this years amazing and thrilling event. 

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