The Heavy Metal Truants have announced announce that Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson will be joining them on their annual quest to raise funds for disadvantaged children, a cause even more essential in a prolonged period when charities are suffering so badly.
This marks the 9th annual Heavy Metal Truants fundraising adventure. Traditionally (and primarily) a cycle ride that starts in London and proceeds for 175 miles over two and a half days to the hallowed heavy metal grounds of Donington and Download Festival, it typically comprises around 40 riders cycling to the festival. They are sponsored by friends, family, colleagues, employers, and acquaintances to raise money for these deserving causes.
After last year’s cancellation of the Download Festival, which was due to be headlined by Iron Maiden, the Heavy Metal Truants went both international and virtual to make it their biggest ever year with over 400 riders from 35 countries signing up to cycle on indoor trainers of any kind or around their local area. They raised over £200,000 taking the amount donated by HMT to the charities to date to over £888,000.
With the festival being canceled again this year and Iron Maiden’s own touring plans put on hold, Dickinson is joining with fans, other bands, and members of the music community to make it their biggest ever – and widest-ranging – fundraising event. The Heavy Metal Truants will be very proud when this ride takes the total raised to over that magic £1,000,000 mark – and you can support here.
Dickinson reveals, “The cat’s out of the bag – I’m joining the Heavy Metal Truants to help raise money for these heroic children’s charities. With touring out the window once again, there’s no good reason why I couldn’t sign on at last and no good reason why you can’t either! I’m calling on all fans, bands and people who work behind the scenes to join me on the virtual road to Download. Every single penny counts for these charities who’ve been hit hard by the pandemic so no matter how much, or how little, you raise, by joining us you will make a difference in a child’s life. Sign up today!”
To make this challenge accessible to more people the event is expanding even further this year, welcoming non-cycling participants to set a new fund-raising record across a range of activities and abilities. Walkers, runners, hikers, rowers, and more are open to join Dickinson and his fellow HM Truants to complete a physical challenge anywhere from 35 miles by foot all the way up to 1,000 miles by bike within the 12 day period.
Founded in 2012 by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and ex-Metal Hammer magazine editor-in-chief Alexander Milas, the Heavy Metal Truants have seen tremendous support from the music industry over the years. From Download promoter Andy Copping and John Giddings who runs Isle of Wight festival, to musicians from bands including Saxon, Trivium, Paradise Lost, and more they have all joined fans to put on the lycra and pedal the miles.
To help raise even more for the kids the Heavy Metal Truants have also run auctions including memorabilia personally donated by Queen, Metallica, KISS, Bon Jovi, Maiden and many more, alongside spoken word events with legends of the heavy rock scene and even Heavy Metal Curry Nights.
To sign up, visit https://heavymetaltruants.com.
Adriana Chavez is the editor for Vacancy. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org