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IoM bikers set-off on humanitarian trip to Syrian border

Motorcyclists from the Isle of Man have set off on a humanitarian mission to the Syrian border.

Jim Hunter, Ian Pert and Ronnie Russell left today via the Steam Packet Company with a van-load of supplies, including children’s clothing, toys and toiletries, and will deliver to charities based in Syria.

The round trip will take two weeks to complete, with living costs and fuel being paid for by donations from friends and family as well as contributions through their JustGiving page.

Jim Hunter, Ian Pert and Ronnie Russell are all former Manx Grand Prix riders. Credit: Jim Hunter, Facebook

Any proceeds left over will be given to charities, including King's College Hospital in London, UK Air Ambulance rescue services, and several Manx motorcycling charities. The Steam Packet Company has backed the team by providing free transport between the Isle of Man and the UK.

The Syria trip comes on the back of a similar visit to Romania two years ago, which was inspired by TT legend Joey Dunlop, who regularly delivered essential provisions to orphanages in the Balkans.

It was organised in memory of Island road racer Billy Redmayne, who died in a crash in 2016.