Bikers hit the road for our Christmas toy appeal

APPEAL BOOST: Bikers at Sainsbury's Washington with store manager Andy Findlay.
APPEAL BOOST: Bikers at Sainsbury's Washington with store manager Andy Findlay.
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BIG-hearted bikers hit the road to give the Echo’s Christmas toy appeal a massive boost.

Members of the Up North bikers’ club took part in their annual toy run in support of the appeal, visiting other clubs across the region to collect gifts.

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s also chipped in with dozens of selection boxes.

Organiser Hilary Kendrick said dozens of bikers had taken part in the ride.

“There are a lot of motorcycle clubs in the North East,” she said.

“We go round the pubs where they meet and collect the toys from them or that other people have donated to the clubs.

“We have been doing it for 15 years now. The turnout varies according to the weather – I think there was about 50 of us this time.”

The Echo has teamed up with city charity Hope 4 Kidz for this year’s toy appeal, and is again asking Wearsiders to donate to the various drop-off points across the city.

Anyone wanting to donate a selection box or toy is being asked to drop off their items, by Wednesday, December 17, at one of the charity’s designated collections points: The Bridges, Sunderland; Matalan, Pallion; Sainsbury’s, Sunderland; Sainsbury’s North, Redhouse; Sainsbury’s, Fulwell; Sainsbury’s, Washington; Volunteers Centre, Sunderland; Morrisons PLC, Seaburn; Morrisons PLC, Doxford Park and Hope 4 Kidz Office, Pennywell.

For further information about Hope 4 Kidz, or to attend Santa’s Christmas Party, call the charity direct on 534 7788, email or log on to