Disadvantaged children to be helped by Easter egg bike event in Notts

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Less-fortunate children from Nottinghamshire will be getting a boost this weekend as part of an Easter motorcycling fundraiser run by the fire service.

The Easter egg run event, now in its 36th year, will see hundreds of bikers across the county riding from Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground to Mansfield Fire Station on Rosemary Street on Sunday, March 20.

When the motorcyclists arrive at the station, they will donate Easter eggs to go to disadvantaged children and those with additional needs.

Refreshments, trade stands, motorcycle safety demonstrations and a raffle will also all be at the station and organisers hope that the event will attract as many bike-owners and their families as possible.

Watch Manager Tim Marston, who is co-ordinating the day, said: “We are immensely pleased and proud to be hosting what has become an important date in the annual motorcycling calendar and what often signals the first ‘ride-out’ of the season.

“Not only does the Egg Run give a massive boost to some of our county’s disadvantaged children, it also aims to promote safer motorbike riding in Nottinghamshire and firefighters will be on hand during the day to offer practical road safety advice.

“I really hope to see as many people taking part as possible and hopefully we will have some good weather and an excellent day out will be had by all.”

Previous years have seen around 1000 people get involved with thousands of Easter eggs being donated over the years.

These eggs are then distributed by firefighters to hospitals, Surestart centres, children’s homes, children with special needs and those living with foster parents.

Anybody that would like to take part in the event should meet at the Forest Recreation Ground, Goose Fair site, at 9.30am for a 10am departure and bring an Easter egg, or eggs, to donate.

Cash donations can also be made on the day, and these will go towards providing additional help for disadvantaged children in the county, such as days out.

All types of bikes are welcome at the event and maps will be distributed on the day.

More information about the Easter Egg Run and details of the route can be found at www.eastereggrun.com.

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