Campaigners took to their motorbikes on Sunday to tour the county and thank staff working on the frontline in hospitals.
The bikers run, organised by Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire, started at Grantham on Sunday morning and toured five hospitals. Staff were presented with biscuits as a thank you from the campaigners who are fighting to restore 24 hour services to Grantham A&E and to save other services run by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Sarah Stock, of Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire, said: “We delivered biscuits to our frontline NHS Accident and Emergency and Urgent Care Centre staff in five of our rural hospitals in Lincolnshire to thank them for all that they do.
“We are also raising awareness of our rural hospital locations and the distances between them and how much they are all needed and showing the community spirit in our beautiful county to attract more staff to join us and work within our amazing hospitals. We were raising funds for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance along the way.
“We dedicated the ride to fellow local hospital and NHS campaigner, Ian Swain, who sadly passed away suddenly last month, and one of our riders, Ian Brothwell, wore Ian’s old red campaign hoodie throughout the ride over 126 miles of rural Lincolnshire.”
The Deputy Mayor of Grantham, Coun Lynda Coutts, was at Grantham Hospital to meet the bikers and wave them on their way.
Coun Coutts said: “It was a lovely day and I had a laugh with the bikers. What was really good were the cars going passed and hooting at us and everybody was waving back. It was a lovely atmosphere. There were loads of bikers there and we delivered biscuits to the staff and the bikers took more on to Pilgrim and the other hospitals.”
Sarah thanked all those who took part and also Simon Taylor, Co-op area manager, who arranged and delivered 500 packets of biscuits throughout the journey, and Aldi and Tesco who provided vouchers for the purchase of biscuits.
Sarah added: “We set off from Grantham at 10am and the roar of motorbikes was waved off by the community. Thank you to campaigners from both the local Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital campaign group and our local, regional and national NHS campaign group, Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire and to members of the public who waved us on our way, as we set off to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston along the A52.”
At Boston, Mayor Brian Rush led a minute’s silence in the wake of the London Bridge incident on Saturday and in memory of the Manchester victims, with thoughts to all frontline emergency staff who dealt with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
The bikers moved on to Skegness, Louth and Lincoln Hospitals to be met by dignitaries and supporters, before ending their journey for refreshments at Woodland Waters, Ancaster.