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James Toseland leads annual Easter Egg Run

Apr 03 2012

Superbike star James Toseland will lead a procession of big hearted bikers through Sheffield on Easter Sunday to raise money for The Children's Hospital Charity.

Doncaster-born James, who recently announced his engagement to singer Katie Melua, will head up the charity convoy from the South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex to The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield, and will then visit patients and families at the hospital to give out Easter eggs.

Former World Superbike Champion James, who has been supporting the charity for many years, said: “The Children’s Hospital Charity is a cause close to my heart and I like to do whatever I can to support the fantastic work of the hospital and its staff.

“Every time I visit I am always made to feel so welcome by the staff, families and the young patients. I love chatting to the children and always come away feeling inspired by their bravery and courage.”

The event will take place on Sunday 8 April starting at the South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex on Europa Link, then through Attercliffe, the Wicker, West Bar and up to Weston Park, opposite The Children’s Hospital.

The annual Easter Egg Run is organised by the Three Shires Honda Owners Club with support from South Yorkshire Police.

Last year around 500 riders took part in the event, raising over £5,000 for the charity through bucket collections on the day.

Simon Athey, Senior Fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted that James is joining us for the annual Easter Egg Run again this year. James is a great supporter of the charity and really lifts the spirits of patients and their families during his visits to the hospital.

He added: "We hope keen bikers out there come and support us on the day. It’s a great opportunity to meet with a world champion biker and at the same time raise money for our wonderful hospital.”

Anyone with a bike wishing to take part in the ride out can attend South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex from 8.30am. The organisers ask that bikers pay £2 to ride - donations are preferred to chocolate Easter Eggs - with all money going to The Children’s Hospital Charity.  

The Blue Knights, AA motorcyclists and Sheffield Urban Traffic control will assist the police motorcyclists in ensuring all riders reach Weston Park safely. The first bikes will leave at 10.00a.m prompt.

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