Rev up for Hospice

Revving up for St Andrew's Hospice charity bike run EMN-140109-161343001
Revving up for St Andrew's Hospice charity bike run EMN-140109-161343001

Willingham Woods will be awash with motorcyclists this Sunday as the annual St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice bike run heads off.

Organisers are calling on bikers from across the region to join them and help make this year’s event the biggest and best ever.

“This popular annual event has gone from strength to strength, with around 300-plus bikers taking part each year,” said event organiser Angela Greenfield.

“This will be the 14th Bike Run and it’s thanks to the support of bikers from Lincolnshire and beyond that the run has been such a success for such a long time.

“Participants will have a great day out and the opportunity to win some super raffle prizes, as well as having the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping local families.”

The entry fee is £5 per bike.

The run will set off from Willingham Woods at 12 noon and make its way to the first stop-off point, The Kitchen Café, in Sleaford Road, Nocton Heath.

At 1.30pm, the run will make its way to the White Bull at Coningsby, setting off again at 2.30pm for its final destination the Royal Oak, (the Splash), at Little Cawthorpe, near Louth, where a barbecue and raffle will take place.

Riders can join the run at the start or at any of the stop-off points on the route and the organisers stress all makes, models and engine sizes are welcome.

This year has seen a change for the Motorbike Run as volunteer organiser Mike Lee and the team of marshals took the decision to retire from their roles.

Events co-ordinator at St Andrew’s Hospice, Angela Greenfield has now taken on the role and a new team of volunteer marshals have stepped in to ensure the run continues well into the future.

“I would like to everybody who has helped with the Bike Run over the years and particularly Mike who has put a phenomenal amount of work into the organisational side,” added Angela.

“Without them this event would not exist and we are very grateful for all of their support.

“I would also like to thank our new team of marshals who I am sure will do a great job.

“To date the bike run has raised more than £40,000 for the hospice, which is absolutely amazing.”

St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice provides care for children and young adults, up to the age of 25 years, who have a life limiting illness; as importantly the Hospice also provides care and support for the patient’s family.

St Andrew’s is the only local children’s hospice and provides care for families from across the whole of Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.

All care is completely free to the families who need it, but keeping the Hospice open currently costs around £1.7 million per year, with only 3 percent coming from statutory funding.

Further information can be obtained from Angela Greenfield on 01472 340908 (ext 265) or e-mail angela.greenfield@nhs.net