Doncaster’s James Toseland leads biker procession

Double Superbike World Champion James Toseland pictured astride his bike.
Double Superbike World Champion James Toseland pictured astride his bike.

DONCASTER-BORN superbike star James Toseland will lead a procession of bikers through Sheffield on Sunday.

The former world champion will be heading up the convoy from South Yorkshire Police headquarters to The Children’s Hospital to give out Easter eggs to patients.

He said: “The Children’s Hospital Charity is a cause close to my heart and I like to do whatever I can to support the fantastic work of the hospital and its staff.

“Every time I visit I am always made to feel so welcome by the staff, families and the young patients. I love chatting to the children and always come away feeling inspired by their bravery and courage.”

The event will begin at the South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex on Europa Link, then through Attercliffe, the Wicker, West Bar and up to Weston Park, opposite The Children’s Hospital.

The annual Easter Egg Run is organised by the Three Shires Honda Owners Club with support from South Yorkshire Police.

Last year around 500 riders took part in the event, raising over £5,000 for the charity through bucket collections on the day.

Simon Athey, senior fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted that James is joining us for the annual Easter Egg Run again this year. James is a great supporter of the charity and really lifts the spirits of patients and their families during his visits to the hospital.”

He added: “We hope keen bikers out there come and support us on the day. It’s a great opportunity to meet with a world champion biker and at the same time raise money for our wonderful hospital.”

Anyone with a bike wishing to take part in the ride out can attend South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex from 8.30am. The organisers ask that bikers pay £2 to ride - donations are preferred to chocolate Easter Eggs - with all money going to The Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Blue Knights, AA motorcyclists and Sheffield Urban Traffic control will assist the police motorcyclists in ensuring all riders reach Weston Park safely. The first bikes will leave at 10.00am prompt.