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A group of bikers glitzed up their motorbikes with tinsel and fairy lights to deliver Christmas gifts to local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, just before Christmas.
South Coast Bikers is a group of riders and enthusiasts who are working together to break the common stereotypes on ‘outlaw’ bikers, the group is simply passionate about motorcycles and look to do good in their local community.
“We are just a group of people with a hobby and unfortunately that hobby comes with a lot of bad press”, says Marti Jeffs, South Coast Bikers, “Our group is full of some amazing, lovely and generous people and we all really want to make a difference in our local community”.
“About two months ago, we decided we wanted to do something for a local children’s hospice. Our main meeting spot is Whiteways Cafe, Arundel, and we chose Chestnut Tree House as they are a charity that are close to home, and one of our bikers has a child who is cared for by the wonderful care team”.
The group spent two months fundraising for the present drop, with some members going an extra mile. Owner of Shore Cuts, a hair salon in East Wittering, Marie Leone, opened the salon out of hours and offered clients any haircut for ten pounds with all proceeds going to the charity.
“We took over the salon on a Sunday, when they are usually closed, 10am -3pm. The hairdressers were rushed of their feet! We raised about £300 on that day alone”, Marti continues.
On the day of the Big Ride Out, over 50 bikers gathered at Whiteways wearing yellow Chestnut Tree House clothing and journeyed through West Sussex. After their two-hour journey, ten of the bikers then ventured down to the hospice, near Arundel, to deliver the presents.
“We used the fundraising to buy presents from the wish-list for the children. It was incredible and overwhelming. We met some of the children and put the presents underneath the Christmas Tree. It really hit home when we got to the House and we all found it very emotional, it was such an amazing experience”.
Photographs of the Big Ride Out were taken by Biker Pics who are donating 10% of all sales to Chestnut Tree House.
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