Gentleman's Spirit of Adventure Event Raises £12,000 for 3 Charities

Krazy Horse, Ravenwood Hotel and Trotter & Deane plus Supporters Go for Speed, Style and Adventure

Suffolk-based custom motorcycle emporium Krazy Horse has joined up with Ravenwood Children’s Charity Trust, the chosen charity of Ravenwood Hall Hotel, and premier menswear brand Trotter & Deane for a charity evening of adventure for gentlemen based around ‘the need for speed, style and adventure’ – and the evening had the celebrity-endorsement of biking legend and Moto GP commentator Steve Parrish.

The evening, attended by around 100 customers of the three Bury St Edmunds-based businesses, raised no less than £12,000 to be divided between three chosen charities.

The Krazy Horse venue at Bury St Edmunds - which serves those with an interest in classic motorcycles, cars, hotrods, fashion, music and culture – partnered up with Ravenwood Hall and Trotter & Deane for an evening involving classic-racing machines, music, gents stylish clothing and grooming products.  The event is connected to the Just Giving link www.justgiving.com/ravenwoodchildrenstrust-craigjarvis13 and involved a fund-raising auction which accounted for over £8,000 of the funds raised.  

Auction donations included an adventure holiday to India, motorcycle experience days, designer clothing and weekends away.  Among the contributing companies  who attended on the night were KE Travel Adventures, motorcycle adventure holidays Nordic Knights, grooming specialists Captain Fawcetts and Barbers-Inc Parlor, the Brewshed, who donated two kegs of Dirty Blonde beer to the evening, and Dan Spannerz Musical Experience.

The night was organized to raise funds for three specific causes – Prostate Cancer Research, the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH), and the Odanadi Project which helps children in India who have been affected by human trafficking.  A follow on motorcycle, car and outdoor charity event is planned for 12 June 2015 at Ravenwood Hall Hotel.

Paul Beamish from Krazy Horse, said: ‘The event far exceeded our expectations. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our invited guests, and appreciated the support of everyone who helped us to make this happen.  We are already looking forward to the next event at Ravenwood Hall next year - and know that we will make it an even bigger and better event. Steve Parrish is one of the original performance riders who delivered some great stories about his racing years.  It was great to have him at the event and he clearly enjoyed helping out.  His passion for bikes made him the ideal special guest.’

Steve Parrish, who was born near Cambridge but now lives on the Isle of Man,  supported the charity event by being in attendance and sharing stories of his motorcycle and truck racing career.  He turned professional at the age of 22 in 1976, winning the ACU Solo Title in the British Motor Cycle Championship.  In the same year, he became team mate to Barry Sheene on Suzuki and competed in the 1977 500cc world championship.  He later became 1978 British Champion, won the Shell 500 title and a Superbike title in 1981.  In 1985 he moved to commentating for BBC radio before joining Sky to commentate on Superbike alongside Barry Nutley. Steve had been working with the BBC for the last 12 years on their Moto GP coverage alongside Charlie Cox, and now does punditry work on BT Sport. 

He commented:  ‘This was a tremendous evening.  It was great to meet with so many like minded people in the outrageous big boy’s toy shop that is Krazy Horse.  So well worth the visit and the money raised was raised in the spirit of true gentlemen.  Well done to the guys!’

Adds Craig Jarvis: ‘It was a fantastic evening and we were thrilled to see so many familiar faces supporting us all.  We would like to thank everyone who sponsored our auction, donated on the night and we look forward to celebrating the best Suffolk has to offer again next year!’

Custom motorcycle and vintage hotrod specialist Paul Beamish has regularly raced and driven 80 year old cars and 60 year old motorcycles around Europe, often having to stop and fix them on the side of the road.  He is an active member of the Vintage Hot Road Association’s (VHRA) 100mph Club.  Paul raced a 1934 Ford Bonneville at the first official VHRA’s speed races at Pendine Sands, in South Wales, last year and won his class record.  He did the same this year and substantially improved his race time.  Krazy Horse supports Dirtquake, the annual fest for motorcycle, scrambler and chopper racing.  One of their two riders this year was superbike champion, Guy Martin.

Entrepreneur John Dean-Bowers was formerly Sales Director of specialist menswear retailer Woodhouse, in London’s West End.  The exclusive chain was eventually sold to TopShop boss Sir Philip Green.   John left to set up his own menswear outfitters in Suffolk, Trotter & Deane which is currently looking to open another outlet to add to its existing store at Bury St Edmunds – and the business plans to go online from November.  John is an active member of the Suffolk business community encouraging fellow business owners to get involved with activities designed to support a number of local charities.  He races in the Sports 2000 Championships, a premier race for 2-litre sports prototype race cars.  His current drive is an historic Tiga built in 1985.  Tiga, now owned by racing driver and businessman Mike Newton, built cars that ran at the La Mans in the mid 1980s and are currently developing a new LMP2 car to run at the 24hours Le Mans next year.  In addition to John’s passion for cars, he is also a winter sports enthusiast, working as a ski instructor with the Austrian Ski School in Alpbach, Tryol, on the busy weeks of the ski season.

Hotelier Craig Jarvis raced motorcycles during his early years and then took on the challenge of horse racing.  His sense of adventure has taken him around the world to India, Cambodia and even Brazil.  He has run and ridden around the globe for the charity he set up – The Ravenwood Children’s Trust.  His most notable challenges being the Marathon Des Sable or the ‘Sand Marathon’ across the Sahara Dessert in Morocco which saw him cover 151 miles in 7 days.  He also raced the Enduro Himalayan Race - which is the highest trail in the world – on a Royal Enfield motorbike and this year he completed his most grueling challenge ever – he climbed Mount Everest.  Craig took three weeks to trek up to base camp in the most extreme and unpredictable weather conditions.  He then ran the official 26.2 mile Marathon that took him back down the mountain - in a time of 13 hours and 26 minutes, with some of the race taking place in the dark!

For more information on the charity evening, call 749645 or visit www.krazyhorse.co.uk or see Krazy Horse on facebook and twitter.  While the event is invite only, donations can be made to the three nominated charities by visiting www.justgiving.com/ravenwoodchildrenstrust-craigjarvis13

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'This was a tremendous evening. It was great to meet with so many like minded people in the outrageous big boy’s toy shop that is Krazy Horse. So well worth the visit and the money raised was raised in the spirit of true gentlemen. Well done to the guys!’
Moto GP Commentator Steve Parrish: