Since the real Nabdonia has been cancelled due to Covid-19 we're going Virtual again!
There will be fantastic live entertainment through the weekend, along with silly games and an Auction for a wonderful self-catering holiday cottage stay in the Peak District!
There will be opportunity to donate to the NABD Fighting Fund, so if you're suitably entertained you could show your appreciation and help keep the NABD going in these trying times!
NABD UPDATE 05/06/2020
The Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic continues to adversely affect the work of the NABD.
Despite the current easing of the lockdown there seems little prospect of any substantial improvement to our situation over the next six months or possibly longer.
NABD Grants System Suspended:
With the cancellation of the 29th You’ve Been Nabbed rally and the general reduction in the amount of donations received by the NABD as the Coronavirus pandemic has progressed have resulted in a significant reduction in the NABD funds.
As this situation shows every likelihood of continuing throughout the rest of 2020 and possibly on into 2021, the NABD Trustees have had no alternative but to suspend the grants system until further notice and to concentrate all of our efforts on ensuring that this Registered Charity survives the current crisis. This decision will be under constant review and the grants system will be reinstated the moment it is deemed financially safe to do so.
At the online National Committee meeting on Friday 29th May 2020 the last of the money in the sadly depleted Grant Fund was used to award grants for four more people with disabilities to have their motorcycles or trikes adapted to suit their needs.
We apologise to those who are currently awaiting grants to have machines adapted and to those who may be planning to apply for a grant in the near future. Grant applicants can rest-assured that, once the grants scheme is reinstated, all applications will be dealt with in the order that they were received.
In the meantime the NABD will continue to offer all of its other services as best we can under the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic.
NABD AGM 2020 Postponed:
The Trustees of the NABD have postponed this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was due to take place on 27th June 2020.
With such a high proportion of the NABD’s membership and elected officials being in the highest risk Coronavirus categories, holding an AGM at this time, even with social-distancing measures in place, would been directly in breach of our duty of care to members and elected officials. This decision will be under constant revue at the online National Committee meetings and a new date for the AGM will be announced when it is deemed safe for members and elected officials to attend.
NABD Nabdonia Rally (Going Virtual) 3rd & 4th July:
The current situation has left us with no alternative but to cancel the Nabdonia rally, due to be held at Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed, 3rd - 5th July 2020.
However, due to the relative success of an impromptu ‘Virtual’ event put together at short notice over the weekend of the 29th You’ve Been Nabbed rally, we have decided to run a Virtual Nabdonia rally on Facebook over the weekend of 3rd & 4th July 2020, with live broadcasts from a range of musicians on the evening of Friday 3rd July, hosted by NABD patron Stevie Simpson; then a live ‘Smacked Arse Comedy Show’ on the afternoon of Saturday 4th July and more live music broadcasts & banter throughout the evening of Saturday 4th hosted by NABD Chairman Rick Hulse.
As we found when we broadcast the live performances in our virtual ‘You’ve Been Nabbed’ event, the NABD Group page on Facebook does not allow the automatic charity donation button to be attached to live broadcasts and/or video posts, to circumvent this restriction the virtual Nabdonia rally event will be hosted on the NABD Chairman’s personal Facebook page; www.facebook.com/rick.hulse/ which has full public access and facilities for people to donate directly to the NABD via the Facebook charity donation system at the click of a mouse. Facebook do not charge any administration fees for this so every pound donated will go to the NABD to help ensure its survival during this crisis.
Each individual broadcast will be accompanied by a ‘Donation Button’ for those who wish to donate towards the NABD survival fund.
All of the entertainers involved will be giving their time and talent free-of-charge in support of the NABD, as will our Webmaster, Simon Freedman, who has the unenviable task of making sure it all works, and various other NABD committee members who will be providing online quizzes, games and auctions throughout the event.
There will be a special ‘one-off’ rally patch available to commemorate this Virtual Nabdonia and to raise much-needed funds to ensure the survival of the NABD.
Further details will be published on the NABD website; www.nabd.org.uk and the official NABD Facebook Group; www.facebook.com/groups/TheNABD/
NABD Office Staff:
The issues of social-distancing, shielding and the loss of this year’s You’ve Been Nabbed rally led us to the decision to furlough one of our two paid employees in April.
While on furlough our Office Admin Assistant can do no work for the NABD, which means our Office Manager is having to cover all of the administrative duties. This will obviously lead to some delays in dealing with certain issues and we ask that people remain patient if waiting for merchandise, membership renewals etc.
Rick Hulse, NABD Chairman (for & on behalf of the NABD Trustees).
We'd like to say a HUGE thank you for everyone's contribution to the You've Been Nabbed 29 Nobbled By Covid-19 Weekend!
It was an amazing event with fantastic music and rib-tickling comedy which really lifted spirits in these trying times.
The patches are being made and will be posted as soon as possible.
Many thanks for your patience and your support!
You've Been Nabbed's Been Nobbled!
What a treat for you all for next Friday 8th May.
Our Patron, Stevie Simpson has organised an on-line live concert featuring 5 very talented people who are donating their time to entertain you.
As the NABD rally has obviously been cancelled this year, these kind hearted folks thought it would be great to have a little reminder of what could, and will, be.
To view the live streams click the link below:
The line- up will be;
5pm - Stevie Simpson
6pm - Steph Hoy
7pm - Billy Mac
8pm - Denis Dowling
9pm - Chris Harwood
They will each be doing a 45 min set.
If you would like to donate to the NABD in appreciation, please use the links below.
|Donate via Paypal||
Donate via GoFundMe
All donations gratefully received.
The NABD would like to thank everyone involved in giving their time and talent in support.
— with Steph Hoy, Chris Harwood, Stevie Simpson, Denis Dowling and Billy Mac.
Thank you to all that have donated so far. It is really appreciated by all at the NABD.
The response has been very humbling, not just to this GoFundMe page, but to the other ways to donate on our website.
Obviously at the moment we are in the same situation as everyone else, as most of our volunteers are in the vulnerable group of people we are all self-isolating and the office ladies are doing what they can from home.
We are doing our best to consolidate our losses (from the cancellation of our event - and other events) and hope that we can pull through to when sanity returns.
I, and all at the NABD, hope you are all staying safe, and as well as we can expect, through these strange times.
To donate via GoFundMe, please click below
Information Regarding Memberships - Email received
As you know we are in the midst of troubling times. While we all do what we can to carry on & do the best for our families and friends it's really heartening to see Memberships and Donations still coming in. We now have several ways that you can become a Member of the NABD, with one-off annual payments & monthly payment plans via PayPal. We now also have a Direct Debit mandate system in place and to try and reduce overheads, we are now sending membership renewals via email whenever possible.
If you receive an email with the heading “Membership Renewal Notice from National Association for Bikers with a Disability” from quickbooks@notification dot intuit dot com, check the membership number quoted on the email to ensure it is correct. You should also receive another email inviting you to set up a Direct Debit if you wish to pay in this manner. This system is new & we have had enquiries as to whether this email is genuine. We can assure you that it is.
We are continually grateful for all of our stalwart members & all of their fundraising efforts over the years. We trust you will all stay safe & well, heed the Health Advice & see you at the end of all of this, in a field somewhere for a pint & some belting tunes!
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Open House Magazine
We are now using an Online Magazine Publication system to host copies of the Open House Magazine.
They can be found from the link in the Menu or from here
When each Issue is published, we will make the previous issue downloadable.
There will be one printed issue in January each year, to include valid Members Year Bars when posted out to you.
Printed copies of each magazine will be available from the Office on request.
The band Apostles of Chaos have very kindly decided to donate all the proceeds from their single 'Drifter' to the NABD.
Inspired by the Vulcan Riders Association, the single is available from their website.
Don't just listen to it here, go & buy it on Bandcamp NOW
Driven to Despair
National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD) is a registered charity that has grown to become the world’s leading support group for motorcyclists who suffer disabilities due to accident, illness, genetic conditions or any other cause.
The NABD offer advice for people with disabilities on matters relating to vehicle modifications, control adaptations, licensing, training, insurance, specialist prosthetics, the registering of custom-built vehicles, exemptions from vehicle excise duty and VAT, vehicle legislation and legal representation.
We offer financial grants (England, Scotland, Wales, Eire, The Isle of Man and the Channel Isles only) to assist with the cost of adaptations and / or modifications to motorcycles, motor scooters, motorcycle / sidecar combinations, motor tricycles and / or quad-cycles to suit the needs of riders or passengers with disabilities.
Whatever the disability, The NABD are happy to help disabled people anywhere in the world with advice and information.
Our aim is to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the freedom and independence of motorcycling irrespective of whether they have a long history of motorcycling or are coming into the world of motorcycling for the first time.
The main aim of the NABD is to ensure that when it comes to motorcycling, a disability should not be a handicap.
NABD 25th Anniversary pin badges - IN STOCK!
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