Our chosen charities
Every biker who comes through the BMAD entrance makes a donation which allows BMAD to make a difference to so many lives across the TQ postcode area. The Wednesday evenings are also a huge tourist attraction for non-bikers who have free access to the promenade. There are collecting cans at the BMAD trailer and the BMAD team will gratefully accept donations from the general public.
The objectives of BMAD (Bikers Make a Difference) are to raise money for public benefit in providing funding to sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people up to the age of 19 in the TQ area; and other charities that also provide services to the local TQ communities which directly or indirectly benefit young people.
Examples of charities we have supported because of the services they provide locally are: Devon Freewheelers (Blood Bikes), St. John Ambulance, Torbay Young Carers and Devon Air Ambulance.
If you would like to be considered and you live within the TQ postcode area please use the Form at the end of this page.
PLEASE NOTE ~ we are only able to consider applications that will improve the quality of life for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 19 within the TQ postcode area.
BMAD (Bikers Make a Difference) do not fund the following requests:
- Purchasing of iPads for schools, or where schools should be supporting their pupils.
- Home improvements, i.e. building works.
- Crowd funding donations, and any similar requests.
- Requests outside of the TQ area.
- Monies to set up a charity or business.
- Wages for employees.
Applications can be requested via email using the Contact Form below, at the end of this page.
We receive many letters and emails asking for assistance and are very glad that through you we have been able to assist with those requests. In addition we have had a lot very kind messages of support for all we do. Long may it continue and once again thank you, whether biker or holiday-maker, if you were one of the many thousands of people who supported us last year.
The following images have the permission of parents/guardians to show some of the items we have purchased and donated within our local area.
For any enquiries specifically about our Charities, please send an email to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver is 4 years old and was born with a rare chromosome disorder. He has a number of problems but one of the main issues for Oliver is that he cannot form speech sounds and therefore cannot express himself as other children can. The communication app that BMAD have very kindly funded for Oliver uses simple pictures and symbols which is important due to his developmental delays but it also has the potential to grow with Oliver through his whole childhood. The hope is that it will help the world become a less frustrating place, one where Oliver can at least express his basic needs and feelings, and in the future aid potty training, learning when he starts school in September, and even interacting with other children.
Able had an absolutely wonderful time at the Goals Beyond Grass summer camp.
He came home filled with enthusiasm and feels he’s genuinely improved his playing skills. He’s now inspired to commit lots more time to the sport and is determined to fund raise to buy his own adapted power chair for serious competing!
There was such lively, upbeat coaching and Able learnt many fun ideas to take back to his training sessions with Ocean City. He especially loved staying up ’till 1 in the morning chatting and laughing with the other players.
This is the first summer camp GBG have organised, they’re aiming to make it bigger and better every year. Able’s already looking forward to attending and meeting up again next summer. He’s keeping in touch with his new friends and will get together at the Regional Tournaments. This is priceless for Able, he loves socialising and it’s sometimes not as easy for him as for other able-bodied youngsters.
I haven’t received any photos from Ian yet, I’ll forward them as soon as he sends them to me. Here are a few from GBG in the meantime. Able’s the one on the end on the right!
Thank you for making it possible for Able to have this truly positive experience. He really loved it.
With very best regards and many thanks,
Alex and Able x
Donated £200 to the Spires Breakfast Club