Bikers flock to Sheffield charity ride with singer Katie Melua

Easter Egg Run 2012 to Sheffield Childrens Hospital with James Toseland and Katie Melua
Easter Egg Run 2012 to Sheffield Childrens Hospital with James Toseland and Katie Melua
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A THOUSAND bikers turned out today to help star couple James Toseland and Katie Melua bring smiles to poorly youngsters’ faces in Sheffield. Big-hearted riders – some dressed as Easter bunnies or superheroes – beeped their horns and waved to crowds as they rode to the city’s children’s hospital this morning.

Former world Superbike champion James led the charity convoy, which is estimated to have raised over £5,000 for the hospital’s charity.

And for the first time he was joined by singer Katie, who he is due to marry later this year, as they visited his Sheffield family for the holidays.

The musician said: “This is a fantastic charity to be part of.

“Easter is such a big holiday and it’s so sad some kids have to stay in hospital for it.”

Katie, 27, and James signed shirts, posed for photographs and met youngsters in the hospital.

Patient Jack Barnes, 12, was recovering from corrective surgery on his feet.

Mum Mel, of Chesterfield, said: “He has been incredibly brave through the pain he’s had to deal with and he never complains.

“We managed to get out and have a look at the bikes arriving, it’s such a nice event and a great diversion when you’re in hospital.”

See tomorrow’s Star for more pictures and the full story.