Survival Tour Raises $39,000 In The UK

The Survival Toue in Hyde Park, usually the site of British Summer Time festival and more.
– The Survival Toue in Hyde Park, usually the site of British Summer Time festival and more.
From left: Mike Trasmundi, Harry Ford, Steve Reynolds, Tyler Cole-Holmes, Mark Ward.

The Survival Tour, a charity bike ride through the UK and part of the worldwide #wemakeevents campaign, has come to an end, raising £30,000 ($39,000) in the process.
Five event professionals, Mike Trasmundi, Harry Ford, Steve Reynolds, Tyler Cole-Holmes, Mark Ward, traversed 1,700 kilometers in the saddle, passing more than hundred venues they’d usually visit on live event tours, but which are currently closed due to Covid.
The riders in front of Portsmouth Guildhall.
– The riders in front of Portsmouth Guildhall.

Starting in Newcastle, passing through Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Bournemouth, Brighton, and ending in London, the riders stopped at more than 100 iconic buildings and festival sites on the way.

It was a bitter sweet experience for the riders, both physically and psychologically, as Proper Productions’ Mark Ward explained:
“Without any events to work on, we clipped our barely trained legs into our pedals, to highlight the dire plight of our industry. It was inspiring to bring together the venues and people along our route and hear tales of their personal circumstances and battles first hand,” he recalled.
“The support has been fantastic, raising awareness through local and national media coverage and fundraising over £30,000 for the BackUp charity, which is still open for donations.
“This week’s ‘Cliff Edge Report’ has been widely reported , it highlighted that the forced closure of events will have cost 170,000 jobs in the live music industry, that’s 100 jobs for each kilometre cycled, which is a very humbling thought,” said Ward.
The Survival Tour set out to replace the live tours the cyclists would normally have been working on. Their experiences and the fact that there is no end to the crisis for the sector in sight is inspiring them to take their messages forward.
Loud Sound’s Steve Reynolds commented: “Live events is going to lose 80% of its skilled people, while most industries will see a 20% impact, so we want to support those affected and keep campaigning for financial relief beyond the Cultural Recovery Fund. That was helpful to those it reached but has missed out so many.
“We are keen to build on our momentum working with the various campaigning industry bodies for improved support for companies and freelancers affected, while creating a viable roadmap to re-open live events in a safe, professionally managed way.
“The Live Events industry knows how to look after people and keep them safe, so with processes such as audience testing to enable full capacity events, measures such as government backed insurance (like the film & TV industry), anti-COVID technologies and efficient logistics we hope to accelerate a safe return to business.
“I’d also like to give a huge shout out to the many people who supported us on this journey. In particular the amazing Chrissie Gilbert (our tour manager) and Lou Kovacs (Comms), along with Crosslands Bussing and the team at #WeMakeEvents.”
As Ward mentioned above, people can still donate under this link.