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On yer bikes, Santas!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

AS tradition goes, Santa normally makes his gift-giving errands by a reindeer-driven sleigh.

But at the weekend, the time-pressed man in red was in receipt of a helping hand from some generous Ipswich motorcyclists.

AS tradition goes, Santa normally makes his gift-giving errands by a reindeer-driven sleigh.

But at the weekend, the time-pressed man in red was in receipt of a helping hand from some generous Ipswich motorcyclists.

Around 35 keen bikers drove across the town on Saturday in a mission to light the lives of dozens of Suffolk youngsters.

The Black Shuck motorcycle club successfully completed their sixth festive parcel delivery to the Stone Lodge Family Centre – bringing with them more childrens' gifts than ever before.

The event, which begins with a collection from Toys R Us, has become a popular Christmas parade on the bikers' calendar, and this year, dozens of non-members were keen to help out.

"This started out as a small parade to bring a few gifts to this good Ipswich cause," said Black Shuck's president, Mervyn "Merv" Barker.

"It just seems to have got bigger and bigger every year – and I'm really chuffed that everyone has been so generous."

Mervyn and his "biker friends" gathered numerous toys and games between them and also collected a few extra presents courtesy of Jane Ewing, store manager at Copdock's Toys R Us.

"The help we get for this is really lovely because the families that come to the centre are really deserving.

"A few of our original members used to use the facilities here as youngsters, and so it's a special cause in their eyes."

The centre's workers, who help parents and children who are referred to them from around the region, are thrilled with another generous delivery.

"It's so good of them to do this for the children," commented Sheila Ansell. "We're really very grateful, and it should make for an extra special Christmas for some of the 60 families we see here regularly."

Following their festive mission, the generous bikers settled into a specially-prepared Christmas tea.

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