A GROUP of motorbikers are gearing up to collect more Easter eggs than ever before for seriously ill children.
Rushden and District Motorcycle Action Group runs an annual Easter Egg Run for children with complex and life limiting illnesses at The Squirrels in Rushden.
Last year was a record-breaking year with the bikers collecting about 130 chocolate eggs for the children and they are now hoping the public will get behind their efforts and donate even more eggs this year.
Motorcyclist Vic Clarke said: “We want to help the children and their families and hopefully bring them a little happiness.
“Last year was a record-breaking year but we hope we can beat it. We know times are hard for people but it would be great if people could donate an Easter egg.”
Short-term care service leader Marie Rendall, of The Squirrels, said: “The bikers have been coming to Squirrels for many years and the children really enjoy their visits.
“We’re very grateful for their efforts and to the people who donate to us because it makes us feel part of the community.
“We share the eggs out between the children and their siblings and if we have any left over we donate them to the people at our units at The Martins in Rushden and Willow Close in Northampton.”
People can drop off Easter eggs at the Autocentre in Rectory Road, Rushden, Anchor Motorcycles in Finedon and Pure Triumph in Wellingborough.
The run will be held on Saturday, April 7, with the motorcyclists starting from Anchor Motorcycles and Pure Triumph at about 10.30am and from Autocentre at about 11am. Eggs can be donated until the morning of the run.
Once the motorcyclists have delivered the eggs some will go for a ride out while others will return for a fundraising day at the Autocentre in aid of the National Association for Bikers with Disabilities which is expected to start at about 11.30am.
Bikers will be able to put their motorcycle on a dyno performance run which shows how quickly it can go. Autocentre will be offering bikers the chance to do the run for £10 and the profits will go to the association.
There will also be refreshments available and the event is open to everyone.