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Hairy bikers raising funds and highlighting men’s health

PUBLISHED: 18:24 12 September 2017

Stuart Dean, from Suffolk, who is taking part in the DGR 2017 - The Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride, in London on September 24, raising money and awareness for charity; Prostate Cancer and Men's Mental Health

Stuart Dean, from Suffolk, who is taking part in the DGR 2017 - The Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride, in London on September 24, raising money and awareness for charity; Prostate Cancer and Men's Mental Health

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Suffolk biker Stuart Dean is putting on his best togs and getting on his Harley Davidson for the DGR - The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride - in London on September 24.

The Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride in London inSeptember is part of a global event The Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride in London inSeptember is part of a global event

Stuart,48, will be among dozens of bikers, all stylishly `togged-up’ in London on the day.

The annual DGR is an international event, taking place all around the world, on the same day - a spectacle with a good cause, raising money for health charities.

Thousands of men take part, riding classic or custom bikes.

This year the DGR is supporting Prostate Cancer and Men’s Mental Health charities, said Stuart.

“It is about style; all the bikes are customised and unique. Mine is a Street Tracker Harley Davidson, which I have had customised.

“I will be wearing my 3-piece Prince of Wales check suit, from Coes, with a pocket watch, matching tie and socks - and brogues.

“Last year I wore a dinner jacket. I always wear safety gear, as well, of course.

“Events will be taking place all round the world on September 24.”

He certainly looks the part, with his seriously large beard and sunglasses too.

The ride was particularly apt this year because it was focussing on men’s health issues.

“We are doing this for Prostate Cancer, and Men’s Mental Health issues and suicide prevention.”

Stuart works as a psychotherapist, and most of his clients are men, so it is a cause close to his heart.

“I work mainly with male clients.

“Men are often reluctant to ask for help, when they have health or personal issues.

“Things that women find it easier to talk with their best friends about; men tuck them away and don’t ask for help.

“They take up more importance than they need to.

“It is important for men to talk and not keep things bottled up, and getting worse.

“The ride is also about raising awareness of these men’s issues.

“It is a load of hairy bikers doing it.”

Stuart has a donations page for those who want to support the cause.

The DGR was founded in Australia in 2012, and it took place in 64 cities then.

It has grown every year.

In 2016 there were 56,000 riders taking part in 90 countries, raising 3.6m dollars for charity.

To find out more go contact stuart: scdean@hotmail.co.uk

DGR Facts

Started in 2012 in Sydney, Australia -

The first year 64 cities took part

In 2016 56,000 riders in 90 countries took part

And 3.6m dollars was raised for charity

This year it is Prostate Cancer and Men’s Mental Health

510,000 men die of suicide every year globally

The event is supported by Triumph and Motorcycles and Zenith Watches.

Check out the website here

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