MOTORCYCLISTS will be revving into action next spring as dates are confirmed for the third annual Action on Addiction ride from Weymouth to Exmouth.

The event is held to raise funds for Clouds House, a treatment centre that supports people affected by addiction.

Organiser John Bramble, from Chickerell, launched the event in memory of his son Craig who he sadly lost to solvent abuse in 2001.

Earlier this year hundreds of bikers geared up and took to the roads in the second event and more than £3,300 was raised.

John said next year's event has already gained the support of South Coast Motorcycles, Snack Shack and Helmet City in West Bay as well as Stika and Trade Windows and Doors.

He said riders will be leaving South Coast Motorcycles on the Granby Industrial Estate at 10.30am on Sunday, April 2 heading for West Bay via the Coast Road. After re-energising in West Bay riders will continue onto Exmouth finishing at Queens Drive long stay car park on the seafront.

John said: "We are asking for a donation of £5 per bike please, the ride is 125cc and learner friendly, trikes and scooters are most welcome too. The ride will be marshalled and we have a recovery vehicle as well for the duration of the ride. This year's ride raised £3,369.00 - let's see if we can better that for 2017 ride."

Talking about the inspiration for the charity ride John added: "On November 7 2001 I lost my son Craig Bramble due to solvent abuse. This was a huge loss to the family. A friend of mine, Lorna McKenna, asked me would I organise a charity ride for her 50th birthday as she wanted to support a charity. At the time of asking this coincided with a biker friend who I know had just started work for Clouds House.

"After hearing what great work they do for people with addiction problems, myself and Lorna came to agreement that this would be a good cause to support. Clouds House are supported by the charity Action on Addiction who themselves were overwhelmed to hear we are going to organise this motorcycle ride for their charity.”

Anyone interested in the charity ride should visit Action on Addiction 3 on Facebook on you can donate at John Bramble's Just Giving page.