Since 2013, Heavy Metal Truants (HMT) has been a force to be reckoned with in the world of charity, uniting metal-heads, bands, and industry icons to raise over £1.3 million for children’s charities. From Monster Rock Auctions to sizzling Heavy Metal Curries, our fundraising groove never stops.
Our iconic annual 150-mile cycle ride from London to the sacred heavy metal realm of Castle Donington and Download festival in June is our ultimate pilgrimage!
Even a pandemic couldn’t silence our roar or keep us off our bikes. In 2020, when Download Festival had to hit the brakes, we didn’t miss a beat. We went virtual, welcoming walkers, runners, and epic stretch targets for cyclists worldwide. The spirit caught fire, and it became our biggest event ever. In 2021, we broke the £1 million milestone. In 2022 we added £160k to our total, 2023 brought in another £151k, bringing our overall fundraising total to a staggering £1,359,500! Now – we’re revving up for HMTXII!
Our chosen charities, champions for children and young people, need our support more than ever. That’s why we’re rallying metal-heads worldwide to join us in the name of heavy metal once again!
Every year has a theme and choosing the theme for our 12th year needed very little consideration. Get ready for HMTXII: The Dirty Dozen! Our reasons? Well, HMT organiser Alex Milas IS our Lee Marvin. Will this be our “Fatal Mission”?! The only way to find would be to join us…
HOW IT WORKS:
Between 1st-15th June we invite you to enter the annals of Heavy Metal Truants fame with challenges from cycling, walking, running, and more. We support both digital and physical challenges, and all proceeds from your fundraising will go to Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline, Nordoff Robbins and Save the Children: they’ve been devastated by these troubled times and they kept going, so we’re going to keep going too – join us. We’re not the messiahs, but we can make a difference.
Participation in the digital challenges is free: sign up, log into Strava, and get sweating once we’ve begun our challenge in June. Participation in the physical challenge – a three-day cycle to from London to Download Festival in June, costs £600 (starting with a £105 deposit). 100% of this registration fee will go toward paying for all costs associated with the ride — things like food, hotels, medical and medical and mechanical support, and a hire bike if you need one. You’ll also gain a guest pass to Download Festival for the full weekend!
Any questions? Read our FAQ! Otherwise, sign up today!