Roadshow ready for launch

TWO married motorcyclists are today revving their engines as they prepare for the biggest bike roadshow their town has ever seen.Stephen and Michaela Von Leuchtenberg, from Stowmarket, are the driving force behind a charity event this month which is expected to bring hoards of weird and wonderful bikes to the town.

TWO married motorcyclists are today revving their engines as they prepare for the biggest bike roadshow their town has ever seen.

Stephen and Michaela Von Leuchtenberg, from Stowmarket, are the driving force behind a charity event this month which is expected to bring hoards of weird and wonderful bikes to the town.

The show will raise cash for a baby ultrasound scanner at the West Suffolk Hospital - a cause close to the Von Leuchtenberg's hearts as three of their children had to fight for their lives at the hospital's baby care unit.

Mrs Von Leuchtenberg said: "We owe them so much.


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"We have three happy children that wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the caring staff and we want so badly to give something back.

"Every penny we raise will go towards their appeal but even that cannot thank them enough."

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Memories of the time in hospital are still clear as the couple's youngest daughter Sophie is only 15 weeks old.

Her older brothers Matthew, four, and Luke, three, were also cared for in the specialist unit at the Bury St Edmunds Hospital while 13-year-old Gemma needed close attention when she was born prematurely.

The couple also had a daughter Louise who died four years ago of spinal bifida, aged just 15.

Maylin Gosling, senior sister at the baby unit, said: "We have 12 cots here and care for 250 babies every year.

"It's a very rewarding job and having the scanner will make the world of difference.

"If the doctors have one on hand when they need it will be able to give much better care."

The bike show, at the recreation ground on August 29, hopes to attract more than 2000 motorcycles and will include competitions for the best bikes, vintage vehicles and a quad bike.

Mr Von Leuchtenberg, of Jubilee Avenue, said: "The only thing we know well is bikes and when we decided we wanted to say thanks to the hospital a bike event was our first thought."

The event will run from 10am to 8pm and along with bikes will feature a beer tent, bouncy castle, rides, face painting, majorette displays, live music and a barbecue.

Are you holding a charity event in mid Suffolk? Call Hazel on 01473 324788, e-mail her at hazel.byford@eveningstar.co.uk or write to 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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