Dursley bikers will bring toys to the Royal Hospital Gloucester

This weekend, the Bikers R-Us group – from Dursley and surrounding areas – will be donning party costumes and filling their motorbike saddlebags with gifts for the kids spending Christmas at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

The sight of a cavalcade of motorcycles arriving at the hospital, with bikers carrying gifts, became a highlight of the year for the children of GRH.

The Christmas presents race will take place this Sunday (December 12).

Riders will meet before the trip to the hospital in the Pulse parking lot in Dursley at 10:15 am.

Families are encouraged to get out and see the gathering of bikers in party gear, with their bikes lined up outside the recreation center, before waving them to head towards Gloucester.

Dursley biker James Prowse got the idea for the Christmas hospital ride last year, after hosting several birthday rides for the children during the lockdown.

He said: “We hope families bring their children to view the bikes and get into the Christmas spirit.”

Unfortunately, this year James is unable to participate in the race as he is recovering from surgery, but he hopes to be able to participate and support the event.

Lee Stanton is coordinating the event this year, with a dedicated team from the group.

Those wishing to donate can bring them to the parking lot in the morning, where they will be picked up by Lee and his team.

Gifts must be new and unwrapped as they will be stored for a few days to ensure they are free from Covid.

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