Scores of big-hearted bikers roared in to Sheffield with a special delivery – hundreds of gifts for needy youngsters.
About 50 bikers toured South Yorkshire yesterday picking up dozens of presents in aid of the Mission Christmas campaign, part of radio station Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids appeal.
The motorcycle enthusiasts – among them members of South Yorkshire Lady Bikers, Sheffield and Yorkshire Bikers, Independent Bikers, and the Blue Knights and Red Knights emergency services riders – set off from the Demon Speed Shop in Rotherham, and travelled in convoy to Hallam FM’s headquarters on Herries Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield.
Organiser Lise Jackson, one of the Lady Bikers, said: “As we’re based in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, we’re keen to be involved to give something back to our local community.
“We want to put smiles on the faces of children and young people who might otherwise not be fortunate enough to receive a gift on Christmas day, while presenting a positive image of motorcyclists and raising awareness of motorcycles while out on the road.“
The annual Mission Christmas campaign – backed by The Star – asks listeners of Hallam FM and its sister station Magic AM, as well as Star readers, to buy an extra gift for children likely to wake up on December 25 to no presents.
This year will be the appeal’s biggest ever, with applications received for more than 16,000 children.
Lise, aged 48, from Bradway, said: “We just wanted to show motorcyclists are kind, considerate and thoughtful people.
“I think sometimes there’s a misconception about who bikers are and what they do.
“There is a lack of road awareness, too – if we can get people to think twice when driving, and to stop and look for motorcycles, then that’s a good thing.”
Louise Davies, charity manager of Cash for Kids, said: “I am thrilled that Lise and the other bikers are involved in the Mission Christmas appeal.
“It is amazing how people in the local region are backing the campaign.
“It makes such a big difference to so many people.
“Every gift is so important.“
n Visit www.hallamfm.co.uk/missionchristmas for more details on how to donate to the appeal.