The Arctic Rider aims to raise money for 2 charities close to Gordon’s heart:
- Tiny Lives Trust, who helped Gordon’s daughter Islay when she was born prematurely in 2014. Islay received exceptional care whilst on ward 35 at the RVI hospital in Newcastle, which is in no small part due to Tiny Lives.
- Cerebra, who supported Gordon’s disabled brother Robbie during his childhood. Robbie received modified equipment, and Gordon & Robbie's mum also received unrivaled support and guidance. Gordon is an Ambassador for Cerebra.
Tiny Lives are a charity that supports premature and sick new born babies and their families on the Neonatal unit at the RVI hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. They support babies and their families through:
- Developmental care aids and equipment
- A support pack for every family
- A family room and accommodation for families to stay close to their baby
- travel cots
- A Neonatal physiotherapist
- Special training for nursing staff
- Research grants
Tiny Lives need to raise at least £150,000 every year to support the work that they do.
Cerebra to help children 16 or under who have a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders and conditions.
This ranges from children with Cerebral palsy to brain injuries to seizure disorders and much more.
This comes in the form of:
- Grants for specialist equipment
- Speech and language therapy
- Help and support to families of those children by providing a helpline for dealing with stress, assistance with correctly filling out forms and general advice for families to help support their child.