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2 Hampshire Constabulary cops will be undertaking a staggering 2,500-mile motorbike trip from the Isle of Wight to Gibraltar Rock, and back!

PC Adam Hinkley and retired Inspector Kate Fowles will spend approximately 2 weeks in the saddle to raise money for 2 charities – Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust.

The pair will set off from the Island on 12th May 2020, before crossing the channel by ferry to continue the epic journey from France.

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The ride will take them from France through Spain and down to Gibraltar Rock where they will meet with Gibraltar Police colleagues. Here they will hand over a Hampshire Constabulary plaque before heading back towards home soil.

PC Hinkley, who has been with the Force for 16 years, said:

“Kate and I will be funding this trip entirely ourselves, and the money we raise from sponsors will be split between the two charities.

“A number of years ago my wife Lucy, who now works for the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust, lost her brother to an undiagnosed heart condition. Every year since then her family have raised money for the charity CRY, so this has inspired me to do my bit.

“I wanted to do something a little different to raise money, so Kate and I have teamed up to do the motorbike ride. I hadn’t heard of anyone that had done it before and it was a realistic challenge.

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“I have known Kate for many years. She was in the Met police for 26 years before she became my duty inspector on the Island in 2007. The chance of raising money for great causes and riding motorbikes was a no brainer for Kate as she is a keen rider.”

CRY send screening units to schools across the country to test children for undiagnosed heart conditions. They have been successful in detecting a number of children with such conditions on the Island.

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that supports young people aged 8-24 to rebuild their confidence after cancer. Cancer recovery is as much about what happens after treatment as during. That’s why when treatment ends, the Trust’s work begins, as for many young people simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible.

Donations are being accepted through JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/adam-hinkley.

More details of the duo’s challenge can be found at https://www.facebook.com/From-One-Rock-To-Another-100314878063198/.

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Best hurry, the EU wish to give Spain the rock back, as punishment for disobeying orders to ‘stay’.

John Cage

Don’t worry, they’ll be more welcome in Europe than the other way around. People like you make sure of it.

Andy P

This gentleman may be right in his assumption that nobody has done that exact route but it’s hardly “staggering”. My wife and I do trips this long every year as a holiday. This years will be in excess of 3500 miles but we would never think it so unusual that it’s worthy of people giving us money for charity. Incidentally I’m over 60 years old and her behind me not far off.


You may deem this not to be “staggering” however their efforts are raising awareness for these charities which is surely the whole point. I’m sure people don’t donate money based on how “unusual” the event is…I think it’s more about offering support for their time and effort.

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