Over 200 Santas on motorbikes rode from Lee Mill down to St Austell on Saturday 2nd December to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). The ride culminated in a visit to CHSW’s children’s hospice Little Harbour in St Austell where riders were greeted by members of the Fundraising Team with warm refreshments.
Santas on a Bike events happened across the region on Saturday with two other rides going ahead in Devon and Bristol supporting CHSW’s other two hospices; Little Bridge House in Barnstaple and Charlton Farm in Bristol. Riders started at Lee Mill and then rode through Ivybridge, Saltash and Liskeard before arriving at Little Harbour in St Austell.
Jerry Rogers, one of the organisers of the event said
I am immensely grateful to all the bikers who supported this ride to create this fantastic spectacle. The support and generosity of all concerned will have greatly assisted CHSW in their work to make the most of short and precious lives throughout the South West.
Zoe Partridge, Community Fundraiser for CHSW said
Santas on a Bike is always such a fantastic sight to see and having the support of so many people from our local community to kick off the festive season is wonderful. On behalf of all of the children and families that we support at Little Harbour and all three of our hospices, thank you to everyone involved in the ride and for all of the donations made.
Last year the event saw 130 riders take part and over £4000 raised.
Through its children’s hospices CHSW offers children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses and their families short breaks and respite as well as palliative care, end of life care and bereavement support. The hospices are a home from environment for families to enjoy a welcome break where they can relax, get expert care as well as have the time and space to make precious memories together.
Little Harbour alone costs around £3 million a year to run so any support from local communities or businesses that can help raise vital funds is always appreciated.