Scooter fans rally round for hospice

Scooter riders from across the region rode to the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice to hand over a cheque for �705.
Scooter riders from across the region rode to the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice to hand over a cheque for �705.
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South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice was the scene of a mini scooter rally when dozens of enthusiasts rode in to hand over a big charity donation.

Riders across the region descended on Bluebell Wood, in North Anston, after scooter club member Steve Kirkland managed to collect more than £700 through a ‘sponsored hair grow’.

Steve, aged 50, from Handsworth and a member of Sheffield-based Seven Hills Scooter Club, kept away from the barber’s chair for 140 days consecutively.

“Here in Sheffield we have a massive scooter scene. It consists of five or six different clubs,” said Steve.

“Like a lot of lads on the scooter scene I shaved my head just about every day, and have done for the past 21 or 22 years.

“It was suggested in jest by one of my mates that I should grow mine, so I thought, ‘Why not?’

“I didn’t mind looking daft – it was all for a good cause.”

Steve - who has now returned to his usual cropped hairstyle - added: “At least once a year all the scooter clubs join forces and hold an event known as Hammered in Sheffield.

“I thought that from the first scooter rally of the season, Easter, to Hammered, I wouldn’t touch my hair with a pair of scissors or razor blade.”

The hospice provides bedrooms for terminally-ill children. Games and activities are on offer for residents, as well as a music room, ball pool and cinema.