‘The Santa run has raised over £200,000’

Brian Lav­er­ick en­cour­ages bik­ers to dress as Santa and all for a good cause…

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‘We dress up and dec­o­rate the bikes for the ride too’

best Bound­ary bound­ary 500 are some of the guys and girls in mo­tor­cy­cling

“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

Can you imag­ine a bet­ter ad­vert for bik­ing?

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