Wheelie huge charity effort
12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014 in By Andy Baber, Senior reporter for Trowbridge
Organisers of the annual toy run from Trowbridge to Bristol Children’s Hospital said their expectations were completely exceeded, after about 300 bikers took to the streets for this year’s event.
The toy run, which is now in its 16th year, is held in memory of Nick Wynne who died in a motorbike accident outside the Kings Arms pub in Hilperton, and took place on Sunday.
Toy donations were sought in the run up to the event and on the day they were loaded into vehicles at the Kings Arms at 11am, before the bikers escorted them in convoy to the hospital in Bristol.
Last year saw more than 100 bikers take to the streets, guided by marshals, but organisers Mike and Megan Hayward were blown away by this year’s turnout, which saw around 300 riders take part.
Mrs Hayward, 28, said: “The turnout was massive. We were hoping for around 200 people, but someone counted and we believe we had about 300 riders this year, which is incredible.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the day, and all of the sponsors, including Brandon Tool Hire and the Kings Arms, who went out of their way to help.
“We would also like to thank Mucky Dogs as they escorted the convoy and did a brilliant job, especially as we had way more riders than we were expecting.”
After the gifts were delivered, the convoy returned to the pub for an afternoon filled with motorbike stunt shows, a raffle to raise further funds for the hospital and a wheelie simulator.
This year’s event raised just over £400 for the hospital, with an additional £250 donated by Center Parcs Longleat, while three vehicles filled with toys, books, puzzles and DVDs were unloaded at the hospital.
Mrs Hayward said: “Lots of fun was had after the convoy. It keeps getting bigger year after year and now we are going to have to think of someway to make it even better next year.”