SANTA’S GETTING ON HIS BIKES!

Motorbike lovers across the West Country are being asked to don their festive attire and take part in “Santas on a Bike” to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

But the annual festive fundraiser will have a different feel when it takes place over the weekend of December 4 to 6.

Santas on a Bike is held across the region, with three mass ride-outs of Santas riding motorbikes and raising funds for, and visiting, their local children’s hospice.

Hundreds usually join the routes which cover Ivybridge to Little Harbour hospice in St Austell, Taunton to Little Bridge House hospice in Fremington, and Cribbs Causeway to Charlton Farm hospice in Wraxall, ending up with a celebration.

Last year the ride to Little Harbour alone raised £5,634.67. Although the motorbikes won’t be able to visit the hospices this year due to covid restrictions, organisers say riders are still keen to get out and raise as much money and awareness as they can for hospices which have continued to provide vital care and support to children with lifelimiting conditions and their families, through an extremely challenging year.

Organisers simply ask that Santas ride solo, plan a safe and enjoyable route adhering safely, while raising vital funds and awareness for CHSW.”

For those who would have been on the ride to Little Harbour there will be a prize for best-dressed Santa and best decorated bike and winners will be announced on a special “Zoom Thank You” event at 6pm on Sunday, December 6. All riders are welcome to join.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in festive attire, decorate their bikes and encourage friends, family and colleagues to make a donation to CHSW via www.justgiving.com/santasonabike2020

Jerry Rogers, who organises the “Santas on a Bike to Little Harbour”, said: “This year has been one to forget without a doubt. “However, when we think how bad the year might have been for us, please remember what it has been like for the families who are so dependent upon the fantastic work and support provided by Children’s Hospice South West.

“This is our opportunity to fight back against the virus and show that we, the motorcycling community, are still able to fund-raise for a great cause, whilst remaining socially responsible and acting within the law.

“Together, I am confident we can still make this year’s event a great, festive success.”

Sherelle Puertas, community fund-raiser for CHSW, said “We are absolutely delighted to hear that the biking community are so passionate about continuing the Santas on a Bike tradition and we just hope that people still get out and enjoy themselves.

To find out more information about Santas on a Bike and how you can get involved, visit www.santasonabike.org.uk