Children in hospital in Norwich egg-static at scooter collective’s Easter delivery
- Credit: Geraldine Scott
More than 300 scooters took to the road today to make an egg-cellent delivery to children spending their school holidays in hospital.
Scooter clubs from all over the region came together as part of the Norwich Scooter Collective to take part in the annual egg run, where riders travel from Open Academy, in Norwich, to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
The collective is the name used by a huge group of Norfolk's scooter riders, from club members to solo riders.
Its aim is to bring the scooter scene together by organising charity events that benefit the community.
The egg run was originally started by John Frary, and is now looked after by Jez Kidd.
'This year is the 9th year we've had it,' said Mr Kidd. 'It's always important to bring a bit of happiness to the kids in hospital. It's never a nice time so we like to put a smile on their faces.'
And the warm weather brought people out in droves, as Mr Kidd said there looked to be more than 300 scooters, plus around 30 VW camper vans, in the procession. When Mr Frary first started the egg run there were no more than three dozen scooters.
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'But it doesn't matter if we have 100 or 300 if people take the time to give a bit,' said Mr Kidd.
Mally Lamb, who was part of the ride out, said: 'I come every year, it's the beginning of the scooter season really, it's when it all kicks off.
'It's just nice to do and it's for a good cause.'
As enthusiasts admired their scooters and socialised outside, Mr Kidd's wife, Lisa, daughter Hermione and family friend Crystal Jones took on the task of delivering an egg to each child, sibling and parent on the hospital's Buxton ward.
'If the child can't have it we'll make sure we give one to the brother or sister,' Mrs Kidd said.
'And if they're well enough they go outside and have a look at the scooters and sit on them.'
Charlie Nicol, 12, was the grateful recipient of a giant egg. He said: 'It's really nice that they're thinking about people who are ill.'
His mother, Tarnya, added: 'It really brightens them up, and puts a smile on their faces, it's a lovely idea.'
As well as delivering the eggs, commemorative patches were sold and donations taken to raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices.