Most are born into these conditions and all too many will die as a result of them. As part of The Silver Foundation, the Silver team get involved in raising donations and travelling to help build houses for those in desperate need. Silver’s Creative Director, Graham Dodridge, went to Kenya to help out in October 2009 as part of the Habitat for Humanity charity programme.
Graham joined a team of twelve volunteers to build a new house for a local family in Sotik, south west of Nairobi. Working together with local builders, the team built a new four-room brick house following local building techniques.
The house was a complete transformation from their previous unsanitary mud house that only had a life span of 5-7 years and needed constant work and repair. A truly life-changing experience, Graham and the Silver team can’t wait to get back out there and make even more of a difference for these families in the future.
Joining for the fourth and fifth stages of the epic journey from Olympia in Greece all the way to London’s Olympic Stadium, Graham braved driving rain and 30mph headwinds during his eight long days on the saddle. The 1200km cycle raised an incredible £2.012 million in total for the chosen charities – and Graham’s welcome home sign even featured on Sky Sports News!
Graham says: “A million thanks to Phil Brown and Peter Nagle of Causeway Technologies, who invited me to saddle up and who spiritually pushed me up some very tall mountains and raced me back down the other side. Thanks also to Lawrence Dallaglio, an inspirational man – Powerful together.”
Picture: Doug McIntosh and Graham Dodridge arrive at the top of The Sattelegg Pass, Switzerland.
The Imps Motorcycle Display Team originate from The Impstart Trust, a charity set up in the 1970s to give deprived children from Hackney, Walthamstow and Newham a summer holiday in The Cotswolds. Motorcycling soon became the favoured activity amongst the children – and the world famous Imps were born.
The Imps is a non-profit making organisation that educates young people through a disciplined, dynamic and challenging programme of activities with a world-renowned motorcycle team at its heart.
From the sound of revving engines to the awe of a billowing fire jump and the suspense of a multiple motorcycle combination ‘cross-over’ routine, The Imps will have you mesmerised by an unmissable display of discipline and skill. Furthermore, you will be stunned to learn that the youngest performer is only five years old! Please visit: www.impsonline.com
Stepping Stones Nigeria is a UK based charity that works together with Nigerian partner ogranisations to save and transform the lives of children in the Niger Delta region. Their work changes the lives of these children, providing outstanding levels of education and raising literacy levels.
Through advocacy and campaigning they work to promote a greater understanding of child rights and aim to prevent the abuse of children. The second charity the Silver Slam raised money for was The Sam Pilcher Trust, a charity that helps children suffering from cancer and leukemia, supporting them and their families both during and after their treatment.
The Sam Pilcher Trust is a cause that is very close to Silver and was set up after Sam Pilcher, a friend and neighbour of Silver’s Creative Director Graham Dodridge, died from T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in June 2010, aged 11.
Silver is helping Paul to achieve his incredible goal through ongoing sponsorship and support. So far we have created a standout brand and logo and built a website that allows him to blog and track his mileage and also enables his supporters to donate. Please visit www.milesforthemany.org.uk and pledge your full support for paul
We believe that the qualities displayed by this fantastic team of young people mirror those of the Silver team – teamwork, great communication and an energetic work ethic, all wrapped up with great discipline and camaraderie. We wish all the young players of Stow, and clubs across the country, a healthy, energetic and fun 2012/13 season.