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Bath and England rugby star adds support to charity auction

Marshfield-posterThe annual Mike Brown memorial motocross event at Marshfield track near Chippenham will play host to a charity motorcycle auction on 18th April in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Matt Banahan, the Bath Rugby and England star has lent his support to the auction to add to the fundraising efforts of former motocross rider, Mark Hucklebridge.

As a friend of Hucklebridge and many of the staff at MJ Church, the long established local firm that has supported the highly successful motocross rider for much of his career, Banahan is hoping that the traditionally strong crowd is bolstered further by those making a special trip to take part in the charity auction.

Diagnosed with inoperable cancer, 35 year old Hucklebridge has dedicated himself to raising awareness and funds for the Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign, recently taking part in the Bath Half marathon despite undergoing a course of chemotherapy.

The auction of a KX85 off-road motorcycle, kindly donated by Kawasaki Motors UK is taking place at the end of the day’s action at the Marshfield track. With bids also being taken via text leading up to the day.
Bath Rugby and England star, Matt Banahan, commented: “Illness is the enemy for sportsmen, and Mark’s fight is inspirational. I am proud to support the Forever Friends Appeal, and I hope to see as many people as possible at Marshfield on Good Friday bidding in the KX85 charity auction.”

Director of MJ Church Ltd, Tom Church added: “There is a bond between athletes, whatever discipline they pursue. We are delighted to gain Matt Banahan’s support and it’s great he’s going to be with us on Good Friday.”
This will be the 25th Anniversary of the Mike Brown Memorial Race held at Marshfield Motocross Club. As part of this year’s celebrations, the event will feature an ‘Old Friends Race’ where Mike’s friends, relatives and former competitors come together to race in his memory and for the first time, will team up with their sons/daughters, nephews/nieces or protégés for a two rider relay race. With some big names on the entry sheet, it is sure to be one to watch!

There will also be plenty of off track entertainment including three off road motorcycle main dealer traders, motocross related traders, several catering trailers, sweet and ice cream vendors. There will also be a bar in the marquee from 12pm and a raffle with some amazing prizes drawn at 4pm.

After the days racing, trophies will be presented in the marquee followed by an after party with live music and last orders at 11pm. During the evening the charity auction will take place with several lots including the brand new Kawasaki KX85, race kit from Tommy Searle, Max Nagl and Jeffrey Herlings.

Please come along and show your support- it promises to be a great bank holiday day and night for for the whole family!

Marshfield Motocross Club
Rushmead Race Park, Rushmead lane Marshfield, Chippenham Wilts SN14 8LJ signposted off the A420.

Entry is just £5.
Under 14’s are free.

Auction details:
To bid in advance of 18th April, text your Name and Bid amount to 07747 618461. Highest bid amounts will be featured on MarshfieldMXC Facebook page and Kawasaki-Team-Green Facebook page.
The live auction will take place at the Marshfield MX Track near Chippenham on 18th April 2014 at 17.00. The winner will be announced on the day and then via the Marshfield MX Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarshfieldMXC and the Kawasaki-Team-Green Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Kawasaki-Team-Green.
(Terms and Conditions – Text bids will be confirmed via a return text – Texts from withheld numbers will not be accepted – All accepted bids will be considered legally binding. Text bidding will conclude at the end of the auction on 18 April 2014 – Any bids after the conclusion of the live auction will be considered void.)

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