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Why were these bikers dressed as Santa?

PUBLISHED: 14:17 08 December 2019

Bikers dressed up for the 25th Black Shuck MCC Christmas Toy Run Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Bikers dressed up for the 25th Black Shuck MCC Christmas Toy Run Picture: RACHEL EDGE

RACHEL EDGE

More than 100 bikers brought festive cheer to the streets of Ipswich and Felixstowe as they collected toys for families in need this Christmas.

Toys had been donated to the cause and stored in pubs in Ipswich and Felixstowe  Picture: RACHEL EDGEToys had been donated to the cause and stored in pubs in Ipswich and Felixstowe Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Dressed in Santa outfits, the bikers set off from the Kingfisher pub in Ipswich and made their way to Mannings in Felixstowe, stopping off at pubs along the route to collect donations.

They were cheered along by supporters who lined the route, waving and tooting their horns.

This is the 25th year the Black Shuck MCC Christmas Toy Run, and organiser Sarah Barker said: "We started it because of the number of families in need and it has just grown and grown.
"This year we've had all sorts of things donated from toys for newborns to toiletries for teenagers, we have been given coats and hats and even £200 worth of Primark vouchers.

The bikers left the Kingfisher Pub in Ipswich and headed to Felixstowe  Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe bikers left the Kingfisher Pub in Ipswich and headed to Felixstowe Picture: RACHEL EDGE

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"It makes you feel good to see all the donations, I've been there myself and I know what it feels like not to have anything."

As well as wanting to thank all the pubs and bars that volunteered as collection points, Mrs Barber and her husband Merv said they were really grateful for the patience of the drivers.

Sarah Barker has been organising the toy run for 23 years - her husband Merv was one of the original organisers Picture: RACHEL EDGESarah Barker has been organising the toy run for 23 years - her husband Merv was one of the original organisers Picture: RACHEL EDGE

A Land Rover Discovery driver even wound down their window and handed the bikers a cash donation.

The donations of the toys, clothes, and toiletries will now be shared between three charities that the Black Shuck Toy Run is supporting this year: Ipswich FIND, Suffolk Homestart and the Colchester and Ipswich Hospital Charity.

Toys donated to the hospitals charity will be for young patients to play with.

The annual Black Shuck Christmas Toy Run helps families in need  Picture: RACHEL EDGEThe annual Black Shuck Christmas Toy Run helps families in need Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Read more: When will the Ipswich Rudolph Run be visiting your street this Christmas?










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