Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Helps Heavy Metal Truants Raise Over £1 Million For Children’s Charities

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson recently took part in the Heavy Metal Truants’ “Nine Lives” ride. That event helped raise over £1 million for children’s charities.

The Heavy Metal Truants, who were founded in 2012 by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and ex-Metal Hammer magazine editor-in-chief Alexander Milas, bring together fans, musicians and entertainment executives for the annual cycle ride, which goes from London to Donington. They will also be serving as the official charity partners for the 2021 “Download Pilot” event. That limited capacity festival is scheduled to take place at Donington Park on June 18-20. Smallwood said the following:

“Download’s support for the Heavy Metal Truants from day one has been absolutely terrific and much appreciated. It’s especially important now given how hard these charities have been hit by the pandemic, we sincerely thank Andy and Melvyn for their incredible support. It’s all about the kids and these four amazing charities after all — that’s why we do it!”

Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn continued:

“We’re delighted to be able to support the Heavy Metal Truants as the official charity partner of the Download Pilot. It’s a very special event and a very special milestone for the Truants as they’ve hit over a million pounds raised for these four incredible charities.”

Live Nation and Download organizer Andy Copping added:

“It’s always an honor to be able to support the Heavy Metal Truants. Cycling the equivalent of the whole way around the earth in twelve days? That’s an incredible achievement. We couldn’t be prouder to be partners with them.”

Milas also commented:

“The Heavy Metal Truants are a tremendous expression of our musical community. So many people — fans, artists, and indeed industry — have joined us or supported us over the years so hats, or indeed cycling helmets off to them. A million pounds isn’t the finish line for us — we are just getting started so watch this space!”

[via Blabbermouth]

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