December 13 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The highly unusual sight of about 30 bikers arriving at a Norfolk hospital turned a few heads.
The throaty roar of Harley-Davidsons and Triumphs caused quite a scene as members of the motorcycle group Saturday Morning Club (SMC) rolled up to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Saturday to present a cheque for £1,725 to the United Norwich Kidney Patients Association (UNKPA).
They met staff and patients at the hospital’s renal unit before making a presentation.
SMC member Cathy Firman said: “It was a cracking day and we felt very emotional meeting the patients.
“For some of them, us being there, made their day and I had to hold back the tears to make sure my mascara didn’t run and I ended up looking like Alice Cooper.”
The SMC, which is based in North Elmham near Dereham, raised the money through various activities in July and August, including a skinny dip, a sky dive and a ride out.
The UNKPA was registered as a charity in 1980, when Norwich had the only renal unit in this area of East Anglia.
It provides services and facilities for people experiencing kidney disease and their families.
Mrs Firman said: “This charity is really important to us.
“The mother of one of our members had two kidney transplants and has now sadly passed away.
“My husband, who everyone knows as Mouse, is now looking to get a transplant and everyone has rallied around to raise this fantastic amount of money.”
She added: “I think we caused quite a scene on Saturday.
“People have a stereotype of bikers, we’ve had it for years, and it is not until you take your helmet off and talk to them that they realise you are normal.
“The SMC has done a lot of charity work over the years.”