Huge response as bikers sign up for convoy to Colney care home to cheer up terminally-ill David Gurney

Bikes ready to ride out to meet terminally ill man David Gurney. Picture: Tyron Fuller

Bikes ready to ride out to meet terminally ill man David Gurney. Picture: Tyron Fuller - Credit: Archant

Motorcycles adorn the walls of terminally ill David Gurney's room as he spends in Oakwood House Nursing Home at Colney.

And staff are planning to put a smile back on the face of the 76-year-old ex-biker with a convoy set to ride out to meet him tomorrow lunchtime.

It was a plan hatched by activities coordinator Emily Wilson. After asking her partner to show up on his bike, a Facebook event was set up and now more than two dozen bikers have signed up.

The group will meet at the Thickthorn services on the junction of the A11 and A47 at around 1pm, before making their way to the nursing home at Colney.

Mrs Watson said Mr Gurney is 'completely overwhelmed' at the gesture.


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'His health is now starting to fail and he is very down in the dumps,' she said. 'He came to us in November, and when he first arrived he was very withdrawn and stayed in his room all the time.

'Over time he started to walk a little more and he became the life and soul of the place. He is a lovely chap but he does get a little emotional about things.

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'He has started to go down hill over the last couple of weeks. He is down in the dumps and we were trying to think of what we could do to cheer him up.

'He loves bikes and has posters of them in his room. My husband has a big sporty bike and we thought if we brought it in that would perk him up a little bit. David has also spoken about his wider dream to go up in a helicopter, because he has never done that, and I have written to some helicopter companies but not heard anything back yet.

'We just want to do anything we can. We get a lot of end of life people coming in, and if there is anything we can do to make a difference we will do it.'

The event on Facebook can be found at Norfolk Bikers Appeal.

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