Call for bikers to join Lincolnshire run to support hospice

St Andrew's Hospice motorbike run.
St Andrew's Hospice motorbike run.
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The St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice Annual Motorbike Run will take place on Sunday (September 7) and organisers want bikers from across the region to join them and help to make this year’s run the biggest and best ever.

The run will set off from Willingham Woods, near Market Rasen, at 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 that all makes, models and engine sizes are welcome.

Event organiser Angela Greenfield said: “This popular annual event has gone from strength to strength, with around 300-plus bikers taking part each year, many of them from the Grantham area.

“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.”

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. The role has been taken on by Angela, who is the events co-ordinator at St Andrew’s Hospice, and a new team of volunteer marshals have stepped in to ensure that the run continues well into the future.

Angela said: “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. 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.”

The entry fee is £5 per bike.

St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice, in Grimsby, 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% coming from statutory funding.

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