Ben and biking buddies drop in at Doncaster hospital

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YOUNGSTERS on the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary had a smile put on their faces, thanks to kind-hearted bikers and war-hero Ben Parkinson.

Ben joined the St Leger Chapter of Harley Davidson bikers on their annual visit to the hospital, with an array of presents which were personally delivered to the young patients.

Dressed as santas, elves and even a fairy the bikers ride to the hospital on their Harleys each year with presents that all members buy and wrap themselves.

This is the seventh year they have been and as some of the members are close friends of Ben’s, they thought it would be nice for him to join them as well.

Lee Gilbert, from St Leger Chapter, said: “Everyone enjoys coming to the hospital each year.

“This year was particularly special because Ben joined us too.

“It is wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces when we visit them.”

A hospital spokesman said: “We were delighted Ben was able to join the bikers on their annual visit this year.

“It was a lovely treat for the children to see them and receive a present too. Thank you to everyone involved.”

It has been a remarkable year for Lance Bombardier Parkinson , one of the most seriously injuried British soldiers from the Afghanistan conflict. He was one of the heroes of the Olympic Torch relay, with his heroic exploits with the flame featured in the Queen’s Christmas Day speech.

n The Doncaster-based St Leger Chapter meets monthly for a social evening and has weekly organised rides in the summer. For details, visit