‘The Santa run has raised over £200,000’
Brian Laverick encourages bikers to dress as Santa and all for a good cause…
‘We dress up and decorate the bikes for the ride too’
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“In 2006 I set up the Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance as they receive no funding from the government and rely on charitable donations. In 10 years we have raised over £400,000, but I also organise the Santa Run.
“In 2006 I also spotted that a local hospice called Zoe’s Baby Hospice was in need of help, so we started raising money through a Santa Run. At Christmas time everyone is wondering what they will be bought, but the only thing the babies in the hospice want is the gift of life. We can’t give them that, but we can raise sufficient money to ensure that they want for nothing during the time they are at Zoe’s. “The run is meant to be fun and so we dress both our bikes and ourselves up for the occasion and ride along a 22mile route between Stockton and Redcar collecting money on the way. A double decker bus follows us, the police and local councils are really supportive and at the end we have a band play us home. In the 10 years we have been doing the Santa Run we have raised over £200,000, which hopefully has made a difference.
“I love motorcycling and through my enthusiasm I’ve managed to get hundreds of like-minded riders onboard, all raising money for charity. The Santa Run could be bigger, but we restrict the number of bikes to 160 because some motorists get upset being stuck behind a cavalcade of Santas! However even at this number we stretch out over ¾ of a mile…” To donate go to www. boundary500.co.uk, look them up on Facebook or www. justgiving.com/fundraising/ Boundary-500-sos-challenge