Thursday, 13 March 2008

Terry Pratchett's Approach to Alzheimers

Heard Terry Pratchett on the Today programme this morning, talking about his early onset Alzheimers diagnosis and the issues he has with funding into research to find a cure. Currently there is no cure but he says if you're going to get it, he's got the best type you can have.

He's obviously facing it with courage and a sharp wit but there's nothing funny about Alzheimers. Clive's dad Peter contracted the disease in his early fifties, much like Mr Pratchett, but didn't have the benefit of Aricept back then. It was a long drawn-out illness that waited 15 years to take him and his family grieved for him so many times before the night he eventually died, 29th December 2006.

As a multi-millionaire author, Terry Pratchett is in the fortunate position of being able to donate half a million pounds to the Alzheimer's Research Trust. We can't match that but with your help, we can raise essential thousands towards fighting this disease that will claim one in three of us over the age of 65. That could be you or someone you love.

Copy paste the link to read, hear and watch what Terry Pratchett had to say. Click on the JustGiving widget to make your pledge.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Donate Online! So quick, so easy!

Thanks to Global web whizzo Fiona who recommended it, we now have a smart new secure donations page at

This is where to go if you can't be fussed writing out cheques. It also saves us the bother of having to hassle you for your pledge later down the line!

Unless we can find a way round it, the Just Giving page only directs to one nominated charity (at the moment this is the Alzheimer's Society) but be assured that cash donations will be directed towards NSPCC and we will balance things out between the two.

Now that the fundraising site is open for business, why not be among the first to get your name on it?!

Monday, 10 March 2008

Spreading the Word

Infiltrating the friendly biker community through various mags and websites. Must keep checking the Charities Forum at Bike Magazine online to see if we have any messages of support. Bikers and trikers unite!

Friday, 7 March 2008

Thanks for Visiting our G8 Blog!

The G8 Global Tour kicks off Sunday 15th June 2008.

Dave Dyer and Clive Jones of the Global Group ( will then ride out of Staffordshire on the first leg of their charity challenge to complete a circuit of 8 European capital cities in 8 days on motorcycle trikes, accompanied by mechanic Rick Pye of Singles to Superbikes on a support bike.

The demanding itinerary will see them traverse London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Berlin, Prague, Bern and Paris in a bid to raise £10,000 for their nominated charities: the Alzheimer's Society and NSPCC.

This ain't no sightseeing trip! They will experience tough physical symptoms in their arms, legs, neck and back as they spend long days in the saddle - and then there's the burning buns to contend with!

It will all be worth it, however, if they can deliver a cheque to their two charities for the target amount of £10k which is where, dear reader, we appeal for your help.

If you feel you can sponsor the guys in any small way please forward a donation made payable to 'Global Group G8' to Clive Jones, Managing Director, Global Group, Cold Meece Estate, Swynnerton, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0SP. Alternatively, just tell someone about this blog and spread the word on what we're trying to achieve. Amazing things can happen as a result of combined people power!

Keep tuning in. Expect pics, trike trivia, hellos from Clive & Dave, fundraising updates and eventually a travelogue of the trip, courtesy of our roving camera crew Ian & Nathan Halliwell, who will record the guys as they complete their G8 3000 mile adventure (and to make sure they're not cheating or anything....)

Sponsor the G8 Global Tour

We can't do this without your help! Please donate whatever you can afford and either visit our secure donation site at or send a cheque made out to 'Global Group G8' to Clive Jones, Managing Director, Global Group, Cold Meece Estate, Swynnerton, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0SP.