Bikers deliver more than 100 presents to poorly children in Grimsby hospital
MORE than a hundred Christmas presents were donated to poorly children in Grimsby's hospital.
Members of three motorcycle clubs organised the giveaway, which took place at the Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital.
Bikers from North East Lincolnshire Motorcycle Action Group, MLC Scooter Club and Hawaiian Eye Bikers were all involved in delivering the gifts on Sunday afternoon.
Organiser Mick Capes, from MLC Scooter Club, said: "We do this every year but usually all the different groups do theirs separately.
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"However, this year we all decided to do one big present drop together because we all get on so well.
"We all do an awful lot for charity all year round and all we want at this time of year is to make a child smile.
"There are more than 60 of us taking part and we have all collected a few presents each.
"I am not sure how many there are but definitely over a hundred."
The bikers delivered the presents in fancy dress to youngsters in the hospital's children's ward.
Play specialist Paula Staines, from the Rainforest children's ward, added: "I want to say a huge thank you to all the bikers and everyone else that has been involve in doing this.
"It really does make a huge difference.
"We usually give the presents out straight away but the ones that are left are saved for Christmas Day.
"All the parents are very grateful for anything that helps their children.
"Unfortunately we will have children in hospital on Christmas Day but hopefully the presents will cheer them up a bit."
The presents themselves were donated by various stores, including Ramsdens, in Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby.
Manager David Shutt said: "We are donating three presents to the children at the hospital.
"We are more than happy to help poorly children at Christmas. If we can bring a bit of happiness to a child in hospital that is great."
The gifts made a real difference to the children on the ward.
Mother-of-three Danielle Brown, of Elsenham Road, Grimsby, was at the hospital with her three-year-old daughter Amelia Coleman who has a bad chest infection.
"The presents have made her happier which is great," she said.
"I want to thank everyone for doing this."
Biker Alf Jobling, from North East Lincolnshire Motorcycle Action Group, added: "It is a good feeling making a child a little bit happier when they are in hospital.
"We usually get a thank you letter, but we don't want anything in return for doing it."
Foz Forrester, from Hawaiian Eye Bikers, said: "Doing a toy run for the hospital doesn't take much organising, but it does make a real difference.
"It is really all about trying to make a poorly child a bit happier."