By George_Carey

Get your brew on for charity

Road racing legend and television star Guy Martin has asked everybody to join him once again in enjoying a mug of Britain’s favourite hot drink while raising money for a fantastic cause.

Kettles will be boiling in participating venues all over the Bank Holiday weekend of 2 – 5 May 2014 to help support the groundbreaking work of Spinal Research.

For the past three years, thousands of people have put the kettle on in support of Guy Martin’s Big Brew, raising over £20,000 for Ride Out for Spinal Research.

This year promises to be bigger than ever, with motorcycle dealerships, cafes, clubs and individual riders all over the country coming together to ‘have a brew’ while doing their bit to raise money and give something back.

The event involves bikers visiting their local motorcycle dealer, club or café and enjoying a cuppa while making a donation to Spinal Research. You can organise a ride out, poker run, bike night, quiz night, or simply sell tea and cakes.  Spinal Research will provide you with a fundraising pack and support materials, plus your event will be listed on their map of events across the UK .

In 2013, City School of Motorcycling organised a Big Brew Fun Day, which included a climbing wall, mini motos, skilled balance riding competition, stunt rider display, raffle, barbecue, teas and cakes.

Representative Patricia Barrett enthused: “I can honestly say that the Big Brew has been very beneficial to our business, not only did it increase the local community awareness of what we do, it also made the staff feel they were involved in something very worthwhile.

“We have had great feedback both from ex-students and the local community. Our Big Brew event generated a lot of good feeling, plus it was great fun!”

Four Chances to Win

During The Big Brew, Spinal Research ask that you raise as much money as you can  and as a reward for your fundraising efforts, one person and a friend who raise the most money will get the chance to meet Guy Martin at a race.

Everyone that takes part in a Big Brew event will be able to enter a free prize draw for another lucky winner and a friend to also meet him  at a race.  The runner up will win a year’s supply of Mr Porky Pork Scratchings.

After he fractured several bones in his back in an accident during the 2010 Isle of Man TT, Martin decided to unite the two great loves in his life, motorbikes and tea, and the Big Brew was born.

He said: “The Big Brew has been running for over three years now but there’s still a way to go in the fight against paralysis.  A mate of mine is paralysed from the neck down so I can see where the money is going.  Get involved with The Big Brew – it isn’t asking much and you could win a competition to meet me at Scarborough and you can also get involved with the sideburns job – it’s all to raise a good few bob to help Spinal Research.

Get cracking and grow a pair of sideburns.  This year the person with the best sideburns as judged by me wins two tickets to the MotoGP British Grand Prix. Get on the website and get involved.”

The Big Brew’s Big Sideburns Competition

You can also grow and show your support in The Big Brew’s Big Sideburns competition.  Men and women can get involved by growing or creating your own ‘sidies’.  Male  fans can raise money by getting sponsored to ‘grow their own’ sideburns, while ladies can join in by designing painted and jewelled versions. The person with the best sidies, as judged by Guy, will win  two tickets to the MotoG British Grand Prix.

For a free information pack on how to organise your own Big Brew or to find your nearest participating venue, visit

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