Charity bike show is a roaring success

HUNDREDS of bikers from across the world gathered in Suffolk for an annual bike show.

HUNDREDS of bikers from across the world gathered in Suffolk for an annual bike show.

The 4Fs motorcycle club held its annual summer party and bike show this weekend at Trimley Sports and Social Club.

More than 300 people, some coming as far away as Germany and Belgium gathered to check out each others bikes for the three day rally which took place on Friday and Saturday.

They also hoped to have raised around £1,000 during the weekend for five-year-old Lea Clarke from Lawford who has profound disabilities and needs specialist therapy to improve her quality of life.


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The youngster has to have Neuro Respiratory Therapy (NRT) after she started fitting as a baby - sometimes up to 100 times a day.

Her mum Jo said after one prolonged fit, Lea went into a vegetative state in which, among other things, she lost her sight and her digestive system did not work.

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However since Lea started having NRT she has regained some sight, can now eat orally, can smile and now has less fits.

The therapy is carried out every three months at a specialist clinic called Advance in East Grinstead, but the family has to find the money themselves through fundraising.

Mrs Clarke, who is married to Jon and also has two other children, Kieran, nine and Lea's twin Abbi, said: “We could not afford the therapy without people fundraising.

“What these people are doing is giving our daughter a quality of life.”

Gary Baker, secretary of the club, said: “It was very good, people had fun and it was all for charity.

“Motorbikes came from all over the country and some even from Germany and Belgium.

“There were some impressive bikes on show and there were five different categories in the show.

“It was a great atmosphere. Plus we were very lucky with the weather.”

- WEBLINK - www.advancecentre.org.uk

- If you would like to raise money for Lea contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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