Kind-hearted bikers bring joy to sick children at Poole Hospital with new toys (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Kind-hearted bikers bring joy to sick children at Poole Hospital with new toys
BIG-hearted bikers brought joy to sick children at Poole Hospital when they roared up bearing sackfuls of gifts and toys.
Poole Quay Bikers Trust presented £700 worth of goodies to the children’s ward ranging from traditional games to DVD players and drawing pads and pencils.
The funds were raised by a ride out of more than 100 motorcyclists to West Bay, for which each participant donated £5, and a raffle with prizes given by local companies.
A tour of the children’s ward by trust founder Chris Seagal and his partner Louise Chappell, gave them a good idea of what was needed.
“We realised the toys looked a bit outdated and old,” said Chris.
“So we thought why don’t we raise some money and replace their toys.”
He added: “We just wanted to give them something physical, something to play with rather than putting money into a pot.”
Delighted young patients now have a range of new attractions to help them pass the time more pleasurably in hospital.
And the bikers aim to raise more funds for the hospital later on.
In the meantime Honda Varadero rider Chris and fellow biker Kingsley Davis, who rides a Suzuki Vstrom, have a massive challenge on the horizon.
Next May they aim to ride their trusty touring motorcycles 4,000 miles in nine days through six European countries from Poole Quay to the southernmost point in Italy.
They will be riding 450 miles a day in a bid to raise £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
“People are becoming more adventurous,” said Chris. “We wanted to do something that’s really challenging.”
Coles Miller solicitors, who sponsor the weekly Dream Machines night on the quay are already on board and the pair are seeking more business sponsors to help with the costs.
Anyone interested in helping can email firstname.lastname@example.org and there is a website poolequaybikerstrust.webs.com/expedition
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