Huge thanks to the lovely Danielle, Ginge, Simon, Jordan & Christina who have all donated/signed personal momentos from the show & helped us to raffle and auction them for this wonderful cause. Out Last eBay auction closed yesterday with Danielle’s leopard print body suit off to a good home today!
Wonderful that the infamous #Falco pink pants have gone to a good home. Great to meet Julie and send them off! Thank you all so much for your generosity and your bids for these! All for the cause!
Was wonderful to take our Bonnie out on the streets yesterday with our fellow DGR riders, even if she did overheat (twice) and we lost the pack for part of the ride.
We had an abudance of offers of help from our fellow riders, with several stopping to make sure we were ok. Love an event like this one which shakes off the cliches so many bikers have to live with. To paraphrase what one of the ride leaders, Dutch, mentioned in his speech yesterday - Bikers are the best people, and events like this brings out the best in bikers. Here here!
Impossible to resist taking Bonnie out on a glorious sunny London day. Took the camera with us too and had some fun, making our own little trailer.
Featuring a beautiful London skyline, Steinman the dog, and “Out of The Frying Pan” sung by our castmates from the original cast recording of Bat Out Of Hell The Musical.
Enjoy ... https://youtu.be/9UE6THO4DLM
Less than 3 months ago, we didn’t know there was a Bikeshed in London. Less than 1 month ago we didn’t own a Triumph and less than 3 weeks ago, we didn’t even know that the DGR existed....yet this morning we are set to become one of the top 5 fundraisers in London so far, for this year’s ride and we are still not done...
We pinched ourselves and asked how is this possible? And realised the answer is the same as everything you want to achieve in life - belief. I’ve always been a strong believer of catching dreams, not chasing them.
I started out in life as a formula one, historic motorcar restoration mechanic and always dreamed of pursuing a career on stage, but as a lad from the village it seemed unattainable. It took the loss of my Dad (47) when I was only 21, to make me realise how short and precious life is, and to give me the courage to take the leap and catch that dream.
25 years on, after a lot of dreaming, living and hard work I’ve achieved my goal of being a leading man in London’s West End, currently playing in Bat Out Of Hell in the Dominion Theatre.
The theatre community is like a huge extended family, and never has that been proven more true than how our castmates, crew, company, management all rallied together behind our fundraising efforts this weekend.
I never realised that a similar community with such a family spirit and shared passion, existed for biking in the UK.
I never lost my admiratopm for innovative design and my fascination for mechanical engineering. Over the past 18 years I have indulged this passion by tinkering in the shed alone & customising my Ducati motorbike, which is now completely unique to me & in storage in my best friend’s garage in Berlin.
It was by chance that I became aware that the bike shed in Shoreditch existed while watching a rerun of Henry Cole’s motorbike show in May. That weekend I went exploring and stumbled upon the event in Tobacco Dock where I fell in love with over 100 customised shed built bikes.
It was impossible to ignore the craftsmanship and beauty in the Hedon range. So I purchased a Gladiator Helmet, yellow visor & mouth filter, bringing them home, displaying them on a shelf and and justifying their purchase by promising myself I would use them on my Ducati some day.
But I had been bitten by the Bikeshed bug...
So, earlier this month I purchased my first Triumph from a fellow enthusiast, a T100 who we’ve named “Bonnie”. She had some work done to her already but I spent the next few weeks making her my own, which took me to the Triump store in Croydon.
It was here that a sales rep casually mentioned the DGR and what it was about. It piqued my interest as I have had two family members effected by prostate cancer, one who survived and one who sadly didn’t.
So we came home and did some investigating online. We were hugely impressed by the size of the event, the work of the charities involved and the goals that some of the riders and teams had set themselves. We knew instantly we had to become involved.
Three weeks later and we have aimed high, surpassed our goal and are continuing to aim even higher. Discovering this community and this event has been a thrilling ride so far. Special thanks to Julian Stoneman, Jackie Morgan & the rest of our Dominion Theatre family #BatTheMusical for helping us on our journey so far. We can’t wait to continue it this coming Sunday, at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. And best of all, the Hedon gear finally gets off the shelf!
My 18 year old Ducati and my 14 year old boy
Overwhelmed by the Generosiry of the Bat Out Of Hell audiences who donated to our bucket collections post our two shows at the Dominion Theatre yesterday!
Huge thanks to our castmates, front of house staff, crew and The Dominion theatre for shaking those buckets.
Huge thanks to our management for their co-ordination, to our producers for their support and to mr Julian Stoneman for encouraging myself and Sharon Sexton to address the audience after our final bow, from the Dominion Stage, to raise awareness for this great event.
And finally - a massive thanks to our wigs, wardrobe and sound team, who patiently waited until the last audience member left the Dominion and we finally put the buckets away, before they could disrobe us and run for their last trains home on a Saturday night
Teamwork makes the dream work! What a wonderful effort from everyone!
Now for the fun part....
let the coin counting commence #WatchThisSpace
Bonnie at Brighton Beach after her first proper road trip with us to Brighton, which also happened to be the day of the ACE café meet up, so she was in good company.
Posing for a photo in costume to put on our buckets for our theatre bucket collection this weekend. Thanks so much to our producers and management who are allowing us promote the DGR from the stage this week!
My princess’ first day of school... as you can see she’d much rather be travelling on two wheels...
Already requested my Ducati when she’s older #RebelHeart
Steinman lending a helping hand polishing
Pillion Passenger for the DGR, Shazza, posing backstage with her Hedon Gladiator Helmet after Bonnie’s first trip into work in the Dominion Theatre
Did you hear if Russel Crowe was upset when the canibal ate his wife?
No he wasn’t, he was GLADIATOR.
personalised touches added to Bonnie over the last few weeks to make her our own.... getting ready for the DGR
Motone Monza fuel cap
A tan leather Triumph Seat
on the list of things to get for the future...
we need to get a sidecar for the handsome puppy Steinman so he can join us in his tweed on next year’s DGR.
Latest addition: new knobbly tyres supplied and fitted by Bravos Motorcycles in Forrest Hill yesterday.
On Sunday the 30th of September, I will don my finest attire with my fellow men and women across the globe to join the fight with The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health. But before I press my tweed and polish my boots, I need you to donate what you can for this meaningful cause and help me reach my goal.
For your uncles, your brothers, your fathers and friends. Donate what you can, for their lives need not end.
The power of #BatTheMusical, not only the loudest audience in London's West End, but also the kindest
So many generous audience members wanted to support this brilliant charity
So many generous audience members wanted to support this brilliant charity
Speechless at the genorosity of our extended Bat Out Of Hell Family
Generous donations from the Friday night audience at the Dominion Theatre
First count from today’s matinee
First few buckets from out Dominion audience. Thank you
every penny counts
Small “Change” is Gona make the world a better place. Shout out to Fred and rose
Thanks to all who donated
Ebay Auction Winner of the signed Strat Microphone #1
Rob Fowler Raffle ! Incredible ! Thanks to everyone that took part ,x
Happy to shake your charity buckets anytime for this great cause.
Winner of the eBay auction for the jacket worn by Shazza at the DGR last Sunday
Mega Raffle thanks to everyone that entered x
Winner of the charity auction for Strat’s microphone #1
Christina Poster Raffle #Raven thanks to those that entered !
Thanks for the Pink Pants
Great cause. Fly
Last eBay auction - danielle zaharas top! Thank you
A great cause. Enjoyed BOOH when you were in Toronto.
Stage management office BOOH
Sharon Sexton Memorabilia Raffle ! Congrats
Ich hab dich Lieb.
Genrous with your time and your donations Team. Thank you. Special Shout Out To Daniel Walker, for our wonderful BOOH jacket
Have fun !!!
Thanks for an amazing show Great cause
So proud of what you’ve achieved for this charity- both financially and in awareness. Such an important cause.
Have an awesome ride Rob!! Great cause and happy to support!!
Thanks for the hint Rob
From the men in our lives
Good Luck Rob !
Irish lucky Charms
Smash it. You guys rock. Love and light ❤
Great work you are doing, my friend. Sorry to jump on the bandwagon so late, but here I am! TT
Happy to be able to support you in this as a Thank You for the joy you have given me through Bat. Clare xx
Looking forward to riding with you
We are dangerous together
Good luck Rob and Sharon ????????????
Great cause! Thank you for doing this! All the best from Vienna!
Good luck! Best wishes Catherine and Ian Bennington x
Great cause mate, good luck, all the best, Cryss and Amanda x
Best of luck to you and Sharon. Well done to you both for helping these worry causes x x x
I first heard of Bat from childhood tales of my dad riding his Triumph T140 to the tunes of Steinman, so this is a pretty awesome match! Cheers for your amazing performances and charity work alike!
A great effort from all involved for s great cause
Well done Rob
Good Luck Rob love from Adam x
Nice one rockstars. Lotsa love Ginge and Ben xxx
Fantastic cause - hope it goes well! :) x
Best of luck to you both, raising awareness and help for these issues is so so important
You rock! Best wishes from germany!
Happy to support. Enjoyed your performances in BOOH.
Please try not to end up torn and twisted at the foot of a burning bike! ;-) Forget going like a BOOH.....Driving Miss Daisy will do!
Best of luck Rob and Sharon - ride safe, we don’t want any parts of your bodies hurting by the end! Rachel x
Good luck for you and Sharon on your ride for this great cause...Have fun ????
The Best of Luck to you and Sharon Great Cause! #BatClan #BOOH
Have a fantastic time both of you riding for this amazing cause. Wish I could donate more but will def be retweeting ????????
Wishing you and Sharon all the very best and thanks for all the joy you guys give to the Bat audience xx
Best of Luck Rob..just watch out for signs saying Caution! Kids At Play.Rock on #TeamFalco
Have fun, great cause :)
Thanks again for your time on Thursday night after the show. Good luck on Sunday Rob. I'm sure your Dad would be proud of you!
Ride Safe Falco’s
So impressed by your achievement in raising so much Well done Xxxxx
So impressed by your achievement in raising so much Well done Xxxxx
Great cause. Good luck!
From Rose’s Fred ;-)
Well done mate. Looks like it was a lot of fun x
Kisses and Hugs from Vienna ❤️❤️❤️ Enjoy the ride ???????? Janine & Tanja
Distinguished Gentleman? Questionable but you do have a nice bike ???? A great charity that has touched our family, enjoy the ride little brother x
Happy to support a cause that is also close to my heart.... I have been supporting my younger brother in his battle with severe mental health issues for the last 4yrs... whilst awareness, understanding & access to support services are improving there is still a way to go.... Its great to see events like this raise the profile of mens health issues.....have a great ride!!! Debbie xx
Great cause. Good man. Good luck x
Good luck Rob! Have fun ????
You’ve got this x
Well Done for support these worthy causes. Best of luck to you & Sharon, hope the ride goes well x
Good luck. Good cause. Good bike.
I am pleased to sponsor you and the lovely Sharon for all the joy you bring to everyone in your roles in BOOH
Go for it Rob & Sharon !
Hope you and Sharon have a great ride for a very good cause. Ride like a BOOH.
Mental health issues are as common a cold
Better in the Bank Than the Bin
Thank you for doing this. Good luck.
Good luck !!!
Great cause, I'm only sorry I can't donate more. Best of luck, and ride safe!
Thank you for doing this for a wonderful cause. I really wish I could do more, but will be sure to spread the word. This affects so many more people than it should. Best of luck to you and Sharon.
Good luck and keep rocking! Dare you to wear your pink pants for the ride!
Great cause!! Thank you for this
Superb effort Rob and Team!
Fantastic cause. Well done and Good luck to you and Sharon!! Xx
Thanks for chatting to 4 middle aged fans after Bat the Musical tonight
An amazing cause❤️ Good luck!✨
Good Luck Rob! sending all our love, Lynda, Craig, Callum & Keira Aistrop xxxxxx
Hi Rob, saw you in bat out of hell a few weeks back. You are an absolutely amazing talent. Sorry not a huge amount donated. I hopefully will get to see you in the next show you do. All the best John x
Such a great thing you are doing. I lost my dad to prostate cancer last year, so its a cause close to my heart. Have a great ride!! Luv the bike! X x
Good luck to you & Sharon & congratulations on raising so much money for such a good cause. Looking forward to seeing you both tonight for the ninth time.
Hi Rob, we saw you for 3 Times in Bat......... And i am hat in 2011 Prostata Cancer too Best wishes from Germany
Best of luck and congratulations on such a successful fund raiser so far!
Good luck to you and Sharon x
Good luck Rob! Rock on????
Such a worthwhile cause and what a way to raise the money. Have a fantastic day, Rob and Sharon, and see you both at the Dominion soon.
Rob, good luck and I hope none of your body hurts the most (too much, and pathetic pun!) Tom Hopefully your body won't hurt the most after this (terrible pun!) Have a good one, great cuase, and good luck!! Tom
Sorry it’s not a lot, I hope it helps, it’s for such a great cause ???? Thank you for using your platform to spread such a wonderful message
Great cause! Well done! xx
Well done Rob and Sharon! I know what part of your body’s hurt the most now!
From the big bloke that didn’t have any change after Friday night’s show, who promised he’d find the Just Giving page... Rock on! ????
Have a great ride Rob & Sharon xx
Wish we could join you on hubby's Bonneville but I think it's in bits in the garage ????
A great cause. Have fun!
The very best of luck to you both. I hope to see you in the show in a few weeks time.
Well done you two, it's nice to support something worthwhile!
Good luck to you and Sharon on this ride for a great cause ! Kyra x
Have a great day
Good luck to you and Sharon xx
All the best for raising enough money for this charity, such a worthy cause xx
Additional 2 entries of Christina /Raven Raffle !
Much love to you and Sharon - have an amazing time! The most dapper out of the pack, i’m sure! Especially the shoes
Good luck to you and Sharon.. such a good cause and certainly touched our family. ????????❤️ Xx
Fantastic amount raised for such worthwhile causes - well done! x
Hello from Europe Thx
All the best for you and Sharon, have fun xx
Sharon & Rob, safe travels to you both, no hitting any highways and all that! Great causes and well done in advance. All my best, Samantha x #BatFam
Have a lovely time riding for such a wonderful cause. Best wishes to you both xx
Hi Rob just adore you and Sharon. I've seen Bat 5 times and got another 4 booked!
Good luck !
Daughter sent me photo of her with you & a collecting bucket, pity I wasn't there to put it in in person!
You will get a lot more donations if you offered a ride in the side car. Good luck and enjoy the ride x
We can't do much, Rob, but we still want to support you. Much love from Heather and Kazz (rainbow dress Red Caboose fan, and her gorgeous fiancée)
From Fran Ludlow