Durham bikers in Easter egg run for sick children

Bikers arrive at the University Hospital of North Durham for their annual Easter Egg Run.

Bikers arrive at the University Hospital of North Durham for their annual Easter Egg Run.

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MOTORBIKE-RIDING Easter chicks and bunnies caused plenty of egg-citement at a hospital.

More than 700 bikers saddled up for the annual Easter egg run to deliver eggs to sick kids at University Hospital North Durham, Durham City.

Many donned rabbit ears and decorated their bikes for the event, which is now in its seventh year.

Little Oliver Best was among young patients who received a chocolate treat from the caring biking community.

The 17-month-old, who also has a twin brother Charlie, is being treated at the hospital’s Treetops ward for bronchilitis.

Mum Aleisa, 29, and dad Paul, 28, both from Spennymoor, were delighted with the kind gesture.

Mrs Best, who works in a nursery, said: “We didn’t realise the bikers were coming in, but it’s a really nice thing to do and we’d just like to thank them.”

Ward sister Audrey Barker praised organisers and everyone taking part in the egg run, which also stops off at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

She said: “The children are delighted at the sight of all that chocolate and the parents say how much they appreciate it, because it cheers them up.”

Durham Constabulary organises the event as part of its Bikewise scheme.

The day ended with a biking roadshow at police HQ Aykley Heads, near Durham City.

Rider Ken Burton, from Middlesbrough, dressed as a giant Easter chick to ride his Yamaha into town, accompanied by bearded collie Abbey.

“It’s great because it is for charity and it gets the kids smiling,” he said.

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