Easter cheer for children

Kind-hearted bikers preparing to set off for the annual Easter Egg run from Skegness to Boston to give poorly children gfits of chocolate and toys.
Kind-hearted bikers preparing to set off for the annual Easter Egg run from Skegness to Boston to give poorly children gfits of chocolate and toys.
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A group of charitable bikers braved the cold blast on Sunday to help put smiles on the faces of poorly youngsters staying in hospital during Easter time.

Each year, many bikers rally together to collect as many toys, chocolate and gifts for children staying at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

Around 120 chocolate eggs and 240 cuddly toys were taken over on Sunday when the bikers set off during The Annual Easter Egg Run, starting from the Seaview pub in North Parade.

Biker Rob Horton, who has been involved in the event since it began over 20 years ago, says despite the cold weather hundreds of toys were still delivered.

He said: “We took over 240 cuddly toys and 120 Easter eggs on the day, which have been collected over the past few months.”

“The staff were over the moon with all the gifts when we arrived.”

Some years, riders are also able to see the children and present them with the toys which is often a special moment for both the youngsters and the bikers.

But this year, the hospital had quite a few poorly children, too sick to be visited.

“We didn’t go up to the ward as there were a few really poorly children but the gifts will go to them,” added Rob.

Despite a slightly lower turn out than last year, put down to harsh weather and an early Easter, Rob says the ride will continue to go ahead in future no matter what. The event is something his dad was also involved in until he passed away last year.

“The Mayor of Boston came down to greet us at the hospital, which was good, and we will continue to do this event every year,” explained Rob.

A business which is also supportive of the cause, is The Seaview pub, helping to create a meeting point for the bikers, and providing a cooked breakfast and serving drinks.

“We want to thank The Seaview Pub for the support, the food and refreshments, It is very much appreciated by all,” added Rob.

Mark Dannatt, licensee for The Seaview pub said: “It was a really good turn out despite the weather. It was great once again that the children at Boston received the gifts.

“It’s something we will continue to support and we will see all again next year on Palm Sunday. It is a great cause.”

To support next year’s cause or find out more contact Rob via email at rob.horton2010@yahoo.co.uk.