Bandits to back three charitable causes throughout 2016 season

Berwick's speedway, who launch their season later this month, will be supporting three chosen charities throughout 2016.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 2:20 pm
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 2:28 pm

The Bandits, sponsored by Olympus Marquees, will be backing the organisations and raising awareness of their work.

A club spokesman said: “We are proud to focus on maximising impact for these charitable partners by helping to raise awareness and delivering strategic support, enabling each group to better deal with their differing challenges,.

“We won’t just help by raising funds; over the year we hope to provide our deserving friends with time and expertise through our riders and club staff volunteering and giving pro-bona support, creating sustainable solutions to each of the three beneficiaries.”

The club have nominated: Tootoot, Northern Spirit and the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund (BEN).

Tootoot: Pioneered by Berwick businessman Michael Brennan. Tootoot is the first safeguarding platform and app used in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities which allows students to safely report any worries and incidents of bullying, cyber bullying, racism, extremism, radicalisation, sexism, mental health and homophobic issues directly to their place of learning.

Michael has been developing a unique site called Tootoot, which allows students to communicate with teachers and mentors, allowing teachers to act swiftly.

If you would like Tootoot in your school, or some more information about the product please contact Michael Brennan on 07833246020 or email him at: [email protected]

Northern Spirit, Berwick: This is a newly formed Peer Support Group, run by a handful of volunteers from the local area and aiming to provide a vital service to the town and surrounding areas for people that are suffering the effects of mental health issues.

Northern Spirit is a non-profit organisation and relies solely on income from donations and fund raising. As with all organisations, they require to cover overheads such a premises rental and utilitiy costs. Volunteers kindly donate their time and effort to arrange transport for members, activities, and fund raising events.

The group is based at 17 Wallace Green, Berwick, TD15 1EB. Main phone: 01289 305002, mobile 07484 244796. web:

Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund: Bandits will be continuing their great relationship with the SRBF fund this season. This marvellous service - funded entirely by public subscription such as collections and donations - funds and provides vital care to riders who are unable to continue to make a living from racing speedway through injuries sustained whilst racing, and entertaining the speedway-going public in the UK.

Further information from:

* On Saturday at talk-in was held at the Black and Gold with Sky TV presenters Kelvin Tatum (a one-time Bandit) and Nigel Pearson

The event was organised by the Berwick Speedway Supporters’ Club and the 2012 Group, and proved to be a huge success, with a sell-out crowd.

The evening was the final leg of a six date tour around the country by the Sky duo, who gave an insight into presenting a Sky meeting, their thoughts on the sport of speedway in general, and an interview with new Berwick team manager Scott Courtney.

“ Berwick’s Thomas Jorgensen has withdrawn from the BEN Fund meeting at King’s Lynn this weekend.

Jorgensen is still recovering from an operatuion on his shoulder and says he wants to be 100 per cent fit for the start of the new season, which begins later this month.