A toy run that saw hundreds of bikers dressed as Santa and his elves is set to return to the streets of Derbyshire this Christmas!
On Saturday 18 December, UpRight Derbyshire will lead a convoy of bikers from Pidcocks BMW in Long Eaton to Safe and Sound Group's head office in Darley Abbey Mills, to donate presents to children that are at risk of exploitation.
Tracy Harrison, CEO of Safe and Sound, said: “We are very grateful to be chosen as the recipient for Upright this Christmas.
“Many of the families that we support have faced increased challenges and pressures compounded by the pandemic and I know that they and the children and young people will greatly appreciate the gifts.
“Equally important is the fact that they will appreciate the sentiment behind Upright – reiterating to our families that they are not alone, that support is available and that they are in people’s thoughts at this time of year.”
If you would like to make a donation to this worthwhile cause, you can do so by taking presents to:
• MyMoto ClayCross
• Pidock motorcycles
• DMS Alfreton
• Triumph World Chesterfield.
All donations are asked to be suitable for children aged 8-18 years old. The charity does a lot of craft work with children and young people they support, so any craft materials, painting pebbles, clay / soap making or cookie decorating kits would be much appreciated.
For older children, vouchers for places like the cinema, bowling, or days out would be much appreciated.
Safe and Sound also work with a company that wipes mobile phones and pays them £5 for each phone donated, no matter what state it is in.
If you have an old mobile phone at home, please consider donating them to Safe and Sound so that they can raise a bit of money this Christmas too.
On the day, the convoy will be meeting at Pidcocks BMW in Long Eaton at 9.30am, and leaving for Safe and Sound at 11am.
PC Tom Rowlands who is the UpRight Co-Ordinator said: “If you are a biker, you are more than welcome to join us! Just get your best fancy dress on, wrap some tinsel round your bike, and meet us at Pidcocks at 9.30am. There will be a bacon butty van as well as Project D, and the Blood Bikes will be leading our convoy of Santas and elves.
“If you don’t ride, spectators can either drop in at Pidcocks, meet us at Darley Abbey Mills, or just keep an eye on the route from Long Eaton to Darley Abbey to catch a glimpse of us as we pass by. I promise it will be a real sight to see!”