Bikers roar in to cheer up Rotherham hit-and-run toddler

The bikers arrive at Haywood Close in Herringthorpe with a giant teddy for Olivia
The bikers arrive at Haywood Close in Herringthorpe with a giant teddy for Olivia
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The peace of a sleepy morning was shattered on a South Yorkshire street as dozens of bikers roared in – all for a good cause.

More than 30 motorcycle enthusiasts from the Streetfighter Riff Raff club rode in convoy to Haywood Close in East Herringthorpe, Rotherham, to visit the home of three-year-old Olivia Pollard, who was badly hurt last month in a hit-and-run crash.

And the generous bikers came bearing gifts in the form of a giant teddy bear bought with donations from members.

Biker Gary Mitchell, from Stannington, was among the group – and said he was proud of his pals’ good deed yesterday.

The 56-year-old said: “We put a message on Facebook about what happened to Olivia and how she ended up in hospital.

“We intended to just get the giant teddy bear, but the money kept rolling in. We’re just going to carry on raising as much money as possible.”

Gary said almost £700 has been raised so far, and the youngster’s mum Jessica, aged 20, has asked for the rest of the money to be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Olivia was airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital on July 3 with serious head and eye injuries after she and Jessica were struck by motorbikes as they crossed Ridgeway, East Herringthorpe.

Gary said: “Olivia is doing remarkably well. She was a bit shy at first because lots of bikers had turned up – it was a bit daunting. She was soon laughing and giggling though, and playing with the bear.”

Streetfighter Riff Raff mainly discuss customised motorbikes on an internet forum, but members frequently meet for weekend rides and events.