‘We couldn’t have done this with­out our mo­tor­cy­cles’

Pro­fes­sor Derek Knot­ten­belt is a world-lead­ing horse doc­tor and founder of Vets with Horse­power

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“I won my first mo­tor­cy­cle in a raf­fle. So I had to learn to ride this Har­ley-david­son Sport­ster and do some­thing with it. I de­cided to ride it to vet­eri­nary schools and give a cou­ple of lec­tures. I started talking to a col­league about it and he said he’d ride with me. One thing led to an­other and all of a sud­den we had 12 aca­demic se­nior vets – all with mo­tor­cy­cles – of­fer­ing to ride to­gether. So, we de­cided to visit all seven vet schools in seven days and raise money for char­ity.

“I had only rid­den 50 miles on my bike be­fore we set off, but we com­pleted the 1500 miles in seven days and that was just the be­gin­ning. That was in 2010. Since then we’ve done six of th­ese in­no­va­tive trips and con­tin­ued lec­tur­ing. In re­turn the vet schools give us money which we do­nate to char­i­ties in Africa, In­dia and the UK. We tar­get spe­cific projects, like build­ing a kitchen for a chil­dren’s home in South Africa.

“We’ve now raised £500,000 for char­ity and it’s been amaz­ing. We were even pre­sented with a Point of Light award by our Prime Min­is­ter! This year we’re tak­ing on our sev­enth ride, and it will be the big­gest pro­ject yet. We’re head­ing through Europe, cov­er­ing 3500 miles in 14 days and de­liv­er­ing 10, eight-hour lec­tures along the way.

“We wouldn’t have done any of this if it wasn’t for our mo­tor­cy­cles. None of us would have done it if we had to sit in a mini-bus, could you imagine? We all love our mo­tor­cy­cles and are so happy to be able to com­bine our pas­sion with char­ity work.”

The vets have raised thou­sands

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