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.