Riders come bearing eggs
A rally of scooters delivered nearly 80 chocolate eggs from Chippenham to hospitalised children in Bath in memory of five-year-old Emerton Chisholm-Joyce for the second time on Good Friday.
Hundreds of riders took part in the 16-mile journey ride from Chippenham’s town bridge to the Royal United Hospital, including riders from the Wiltshire and Somerset-based Exit 17 scooter club.
Emerton, who died in December 2012, was diagnosed with autism and leukemia aged two, and spent a lot of time in the RUH, including two of his Easters.
His mum Lisa Chisholm, 37, of Harden’s Mead, Chippenham, said: “I always called it my second home, we were there at least three times a week on different treatments.
“The first year when he was on intensive treatment we were 50/50 at home and in hospital. All of the staff were familiar with Emerton.
“Fortunately on Good Friday there weren’t many children in there, but with hospitals it can change daily and the eggs are there for people to take as and when.”
The ride was organised by scooter fan Tony Falcone, of Gastons Road, Chippenham.
He gave Emerton’s dad Stephen Joyce a ride on the back of his scooter for the second time and his nine-year-old brother Lucas also enjoyed seeing the bikes.
The ride ended with a band night at the Chippenham and District Constitutional Club, which raised around £1,300 for the Bath RUH and will be used to buy sensory toys.
These will be for children like Emerton who cannot use the hospital’s playroom because they risk catching bugs and colds from others.