“It’s inspiring to see so many people supporting us”: Heavy Metal Truants embarks on 10th Annual Charity Run | Media

This week not only marks the return of the Download Festival, but also the challenge of The Heavy Metal Truants’ charity cycle.

Founded by former Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, the band will begin their three-day, 164-mile trek from Alexandra Palace in London to the Download Festival on Wednesday. June 8 with 30 other cyclists, including European Space. Agency plasma physicist Matt Taylor, Chief Medical Officer of Scotland Sir Gregor Smith and various representatives of the music industry and the fans themselves.

The challenge has raised over £1million to date for four children’s charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins, Childline and Save The Children. It started in 2013 and was nearly shut down by the pandemic, but has gone virtual and now welcomes virtual walkers, runners and cyclists to join from around the world alongside the Download ride.

Speaking on the challenge’s 10th anniversary, Milas said: “These are the rules of the mosh. When someone’s down, you pick them up – that’s metal, and that’s charity. These are troubled times. , but helping children seems like something we can all agree on, and it’s really inspiring to see so many people coming together to support us.”

Earlier this week, The Heavy Metal Truants won the H Award at the Heavy Music Awards in recognition of making the rock and metal scene a positive place.

Their fundraising activities will continue later this year with their well-received Monster Rock auction which saw generous donations from Queen, The Who, KISS, and more, as well as series of Heavy Metal Curries with luminaries. musicals Danny Bowes and Luke Morley of Thunder, Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy, Devin Townsend and Mick Box of Uriah Heep.

To donate or find out how you can join or help the Heavy Metal Truants, go to www.heavymetaltruants.com

Iron Maiden returns to headline the Download festival – alongside Biffy Clyro and KISS – this weekend. You can rewatch our interview with Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson here, and with Rod Smallwood and Dave shack from Phantom Management here.

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