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Is David Donovan tough enough to ride 1000 miles in 24 hrs for the Poppy Appeal?

18 June 2010

How saddle sore will David get after 1000 miles on a motorbike?

How much money can we help him raise to support the work of The Royal British Legion?

DavidDonovanDavid, who is the Employment Consultant and Branch Manager for the Regular Forces Employment Association and a Caseworker for The Royal British Legion in Derbyshire is taking part in the 2010 Royal British Legion Riders Branch (RBLR) 1000 event starting on Saturday 19 June. Iron Butt UK has the aim of promoting safe long-distance motor-cycling in the UK and is organising the event.

Competitors chose from four routes, two in the South and two in the North all starting from Squires Café near Leeds and have to complete the route in 24 hours. In last year's inaugural event there were 171 finishes and over £33,000 was raised for the Poppy Appeal.

This year the event hopes to raise even more money and smash the world record for total number of riders who complete the event - last year the UK just lost out to the US.

The Royal British Legion has been helping Service people past and present for nearly 90 years, and although their needs have changed over that time our work is as vital as ever. Thousands of our current beneficiaries are from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Legion is there to help them re-build their lives when they return. 

If you would like to support David in this epic journey please call him on 01332 208901 or email

For information on RBLR 1000: visit

For general media enquiries contact: 
Helen Chesshire, Community Fund Raiser, The Royal British Legion, Derbyshire
T: 079737 50816 E: