Bikers deliver festive cheer to children at West Suffolk Hospital

Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children ANL-151213-184651009
Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children ANL-151213-184651009
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Generous bikers donned their Santa outfits to deliver more than 100 presents to children at West Suffolk Hospital.

One member of the group even transformed his bike into a sleigh for the journey from Walkers Snack Bar, near the Fiveways roundabout, to the Rainbow Wards at the Bury St Edmunds hospital.

Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children ANL-151213-184640009

Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children ANL-151213-184640009

It continues the legacy of a toy run set up by the Beck Row Bikers club, which closed about two years ago.

Bikers bought the toys and received donations while Barton Mills resident Lyndsay Judd knitted 20 teddies for the children.

Organiser Barbara Craig said: “This is our 12th year and it’s the biggest haul of presents we’ve taken. The children were really happy. Over the next few days and weeks, the nurses hand them out as new kids come in and what gets left goes in the play room.”

The ride attracted members of other clubs including 363 MCC, in Littleport, The 59 Club, The Four Winds MC and Americans from RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath bases.

Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children''Pictured: Chloe Cattermole (7) getting a present from Donald Bissett ANL-151213-184737009

Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children''Pictured: Chloe Cattermole (7) getting a present from Donald Bissett ANL-151213-184737009

Miss Craig said they opened up the run this year to other vehicles and attracted five cars and an American truck. The bikers wanted to use the initiative to make people more aware of bikes on the road and stress the importance of road safety.

They also hold an annual Easter Egg run for hospital.

Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children ANL-151213-184715009

Bikers from across Suffolk rode to Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital to hand Christmas presents out to children ANL-151213-184715009