Easter eggs cheer up ill youngsters

The bikers revving up to deliver chocolate egg
The bikers revving up to deliver chocolate egg

Kind-hearted bikers delivered more than 200 Easter eggs and good cheer to seriously ill children.

Rushden and District Motorcycle Action Group teamed up with Autocentre in Rushden to collect the sweet treats for youngsters in the run-up to Easter.

More than 60 bikers turned out to take the chocolate eggs to children with life limiting illnesses at The Squirrels respite care centre in Rushden on Saturday for its 18th annual Easter Egg Run.

Vic Clarke, director at the Autocentre, who dressed as the Easter bunny to drive a tuk tuk on the run, said: “It was absolutely fantastic, a very good day.

“We had so many eggs we had to load them in a car with the seats down – the bikers couldn’t take them all themselves as they normally do.

“Some of the children came out and sat on some of the bikes and when you see a nice smile on some of their faces that makes a difference.

“We like to do it because bikers still have a bad reputation of being loud and horrible.

“I think we like to show most bikers now are business people with very good jobs and they like to do the Easter Egg Run to show not everybody is bad on bikes.”

Mr Clarke added: “I would like to thank everybody who came to the day and local business people who offered to give eggs and there were the people who came in off the street and said ‘I know you are doing the Easter Egg Run here’s an egg to take up’.

“From the start we didn’t think we would get quite as many eggs as they were quite slow to come in but them all of a sudden we started to get them in.”

Bikers rode in convoy from Anchor Motorcycles in Finedon and Pure Triumph in Wellingborough before riding through Rushden and visiting the centre to give the eggs to staff to distribute to the children in their care and their relatives.

Colin Webb, senior primary nurse at The Squirrels, said the centre wanted to thank the bikers for their support.

Mr Webb said: “We have tonnes of eggs – 245 – and we are really grateful to them. Although we are only a six-bed unit we give them to the 40 children who are on our books, plus their families.

“We also took about 30 to Kettering General Hospital to give to the children’s nurses up there so they can disperse them to the children in the community.

“You can hear the bikes before you see them - there must have been about 70 of them so as we hear them we take the children out to see them. There’s so many it’s a bit of a spectacle.

“They came in for a hot cross bun and a cup of tea and had a little chat with the children while bringing the eggs in.

“We look forward to it each year.”

About £120 was also raised on the day for the National Association for Bikers with Disabilities when the riders tested the speed of their machines on a dyno run at the Autocentre after delivering the eggs.