Tuesday, 12 May 2009

MP survives Thundersprint

Stephen Ladyman Press Release

South Thanet MP, Stephen Ladyman, has completed his ride at this year's Thundersprint. He was riding a 200bhp Kawasaki MSS Colchester Ninja Superbike in the event in Northwhich, Cheshire to raise money for C.A.L.M, a charity that tries to prevent young men from committing suicide.

"Thanks to Kawasaki, Arai who provided a motorcycle helmet for raffle at the event and Thundersprint who hosted us we have raised over £4000 for CALM and more is still coming in. More importantly we got the CALM message that 'being silent is not being strong' over to tens of thousands of young men and if just one picks up a phone when he is in crisis then everything will have been worth while."

"Riding a Kawasaki Superbike was an amazing experience. Opening the throttle of a bike that can do 130mph in first gear, when the green light comes on at the start line, is quite unforgettable. I thought my teeth were flying out the back of my head on the first practice lap."

"I’m really grateful to everyone who has contributed so far, friends, Labour Party colleagues, constituents, MPs and Peers as well as everyone who contributed at the event itself but there is still time to give if people want to. The website will stay open for a little while yet."

www.justgiving.com/stephen-at-thundersprint

Ed I added the video

The a picture shows Stephen Ladyman with the Kawasaki MSS Colchester with its CALM decals at Thundersprint 2009.

The CALM website is http://www.thecalmzone.net/

The CALM helpline is on 0800 58 58 58 and it is open 5pm to midnight, Saturday to Tuesday. The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men aged between 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and web service. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or geographic location can call the line.


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