The easiest way to donate is via the Charity Giving web site, Click on the picture to the left to take you straight to their donations page.

Charity Giving is a charity donations web site that ensures any monies you donate all go to their respective recipients. Indeed, if you are a UK tax payer, make sure you check the Gift Aid box on donating and Charity Giving will add the tax relief to the donation, so a donation of just £10 is worth £12.42 to Keeping Abreast.


Welcome to the Fat Bloke On A Moped home page, the web site designed to give you the information you need about my journey of something completely alien to me. It's not the cutting edge of web page design, it's just functional.

Round The Coast of Britain by Moped (probably on 'L' plates!)

Click the map to be taken to Project Britain

The planning of the trip around Britain to raise awareness and funds is in full swing.


Over a period of 3 weeks, riding on 125cc scooters still on 'L' plates, David and Kevin will circumnavigate the British mainland, sticking closely to the coastal road.

Final Total as of 2nd July 2011

Venues The Team Will Be At
Sat April 9th C & A Superbikes, Tottenhill, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0RL C & A Open Day. Celebrating the relaunch of the new modern classic Vespa PX125. Blog & Pics
Sun 1st May
Mon 2nd May
Peterborough Show Ground
TruckFest is a huge event with around 100,000 people turning up over the two days. Blog & Pics
Sat 14th May Vancouver Quarter
King's Lynn
The good people at the Vancouver Quarter are allowing us to rattle buckets in this very busy shopping area.
Fri 20th May

Bingo Night, Southery Village Hall

Eyes down for a full house! Regulars and newbies welcome alike. The usual 10 games plus [maybe] a flyer or two if we get enough prizes and of course the ever popular raffle.
Mon 30th May The Downham Show It's a Wild West theme at the Downham Show this year and Kevin and I will be in the parade. You'll have to come along to see how the local children have made up our bikes to look like horses! (If I'm honest, I'll be intrigued myself!)
Sun 5th June Celebrity Cricket Match
Norwich Cathedral, NR1 4DD
No, we're not playing but will be in attendance at the match rattling buckets. Gates open 1pm.
Sat 11th June King's Lynn Speedway We'll be in force at the evening's Speedway event along with a few of the King's Lynn Keeping Abreast Ladies bucket rattling. Who knows, I might even be able to set a time round the track on the scoot!
Sun 19th June Pool Competition Old White Bell, Southery. Open to anyone, come and join the locals along with their regular opponents in a competition to raise some funds.
Fri 15th July Pool Competition CANCELLED
Due to unforseen circumstances
Sat 16th July Quiz Night, Old White Bell Kicking off at 8.30pm, all being well, I should be there too!

Ride The Last Leg - 16th July 2011
Would you like to join in this epic trip? Ride the last leg on 16th July 2011 from the sea front of Gt Yarmouth following the coast road back to our finish point of the pub car park in Southery. Click here for more information.

So What's It All About?

In February 2010 my wife, Claire, was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) which, in non medical terms, means she had cancer cells forming on the inside of her milk ducts of her breasts. Statistically there would be a 20% chance of the condition developing into intrusive cancer, i.e.: breast cancer. In my wife's case, the DCIS was quite prevalent and as Claire had lost her mother to liver cancer, she felt the option for her was a double mastectomy. She was 38 when diagnosed, twelve years before her first regular screening.

I want to do my best to ensure there is the support and guidance in place to help others in a similar situation.

Kevin, Roger Claire & David

...and Mopeds and a Fat Bloke?

To answer that I need to discuss inspiration and and how the concept was arrived at.

Luckily for both Claire and Myself, in 2009 we had the pleasure and fortitude to enjoy two holidays abroad, a fortnight in Crete and a fortnight in Cyprus. Holiday reading for me over the course of these four weeks consisted of "All at Sea" (currently in print under the name of "In A Bath") by Tim Fitzhigham, where Tim rowed to France from England and back again - in a bath (honest), "Three Men & A Float" by Dan Kieran & Ian Vince where three guys drove a milk float from the furthest point East of Britain to the furthest point West, "Round Ireland With A Fridge" saw Tony Hawkes hitch hike around Ireland with a fridge and by no means least "We Could Be Hero's" by Ben Dirs & Tom Fordyce where the intrepid duo set out around Britain (and parts of Europe) in a camper van with the express intention of being world champions at something. All blinding reading and I can recommend every one of them.

The spark however, was Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 2010 when Claire and I were wallowing in self pity, knowing the operation was just over two weeks away, watching a BBC3 re-run of a Top Gear Special of James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson attempting to ride cheap motor bikes from South to North Vietnam. If a self confessed bike hater such as Jeremy Clarkson can get on a moped and ride it the length of Vietnam with no former bike riding skills, surely I could do something similar.

My mind was awash with enthusiasm. The books I'd read on holiday the year before came flooding back and I couldn't help but think I could circumnavigate Scotland, Wales and England on [say] a moped.

There were however a few caveats that make this a challenge, namely;
1. I'd never riden a motor bike, let alone a moped, in my life
2. I therefore had no form of motor bike licence
3. Naturally, with points 1 and 2 considered, I didn't own a moped either
4. I know nothing about mopeds or motor bikes
5. I weigh 20 stones (that's the 'Fat' bit)
6. I'm a guy (that's the 'Bloke' bit.)

OK. Where and what now?

Now the plan is to start raising funds for my chosen breast cancer related charity, Keeping Abreast, by doing some trips. They have to be a challenge but I've started off small and am working up from there.

First off, we circumnavigated the Norfolk border at the end of September 2010 and raised £3,116.12. You can read all about this trip on the Project Norfolk page.

This year the plan is to circumnavigate the coastline of mainland Britain over three weeks starting on the 25th June 2011. For projects after that, who knows, Norfolk to Naples, circumnavigate France, Africa, Australia perhaps....

The challenge now though, is Project Britain

You can keep up to date with all my latest progress via the Blogs page.


Our Sponsors
JD Signs 01366 377771
Pace Fuelcare
Estuary Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 2HH
King's Lynn , 01553 614800
Stevenage, 01438 313251
Southery, 01366 377444
Salters Lode, 01366 386711
Yateley, Hampshire 01252 870900
Fletch Photography
Weddings on a budget, candids, celebrations & general Photography
Southery, 07919 902902
Cards, Stationery & Giftware
14 High Street, Downham Mkt, Norfolk, PE38 9DB
Downham Mkt, 01366 382198
Tottenhill, Norfolk, PE33 0RL
Marshall Toyota King's Lynn are sponsoring the fuel for the bikes for the entire route around Britain

Click the pics below to see the sponsorship decals

...And a big thanks also go to:

(While not able to sponsor us, the following companies and individuals offered help in some way)

Alan Breeze: For embracing this project and handling the national journalistic duties of contacting the press and radio throughout the country.

JD Wetherspoon: Head office approval to rattle buckets for an hour at any/all JD Wetherspoon outlets while on our ride around Britain. All the B&B's and guest houses who have so kindly offered us accommodation and breakfast and in some cases evening meals too! Click on our map to see all the places donated Vancouver Quarter King's Lynn: For allowing us to bucket wave in the shopping centre at a zero cost.
Andy at Anglia Training Services for waiving the cost of Kevin renewing his CBT with them.      


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Last updated 14th Jul 2011

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