Bike run a roaring success
HORNS honked, engines roared and thousands of pounds raised for poorly children during an annual charity motorbike run.
The Louth Friends of St Andrew's Children's Hospice held their tenth motorbike rally and were joined by 300 bikers from across Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
Since the run started ten years ago they have raised a staggering £24,000 for the charity – and this year was the biggest and best one yet.
Organiser Mike Lee was once again impressed with the amount of support shown by the biking community. He said: "I have been with the run all the way, ever since it started. It is growing every year. People enjoy the day out on their bikes and, of course, it raises funds for a great charity.
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"Last year we raised £3,000 but we always try to raise a little bit more each year. The hospice needs support every year, they get barely anything from the government so we do what we can to help them."
Bikers old and young set off from Willingham Woods, near Market Rasen, to the Red Lion, at Redbourne, and onto Nettleton Lodge, the pub in the wood at Caistor. From there they headed to the final destination, The Royal Oak, also known as the Splash, at Little Cawthorpe, near Louth, for a barbecue.
Among the bikers were Roger and Pamela Garrod, of Grimsby. They have taken part in previous years runs, Roger on his motorbike and Pamela on her trike.
Roger said: "We have done it for the past three years. We just love being with the bikes. It is also great to support a local charity, which a lot of bikers in the local area do."
Pamela added: "Doing events like this gives people a better impression of bikers. The hospice is such a worthy cause and it is great to support them."
The bikers drew in crowds of spectators to Willingham Woods who cheered as they roared off.
Mark Lilliman, one of the hospice's road marshalls, added: "There definitely seems to be a better turnout than previous years. The bikers round here do a lot for their local community and the hospice is such a good cause. Even more people need to get behind them."
It costs £1.5 million to run the hospice each year with just three per cent of that from the government.