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By GEMMA DAVID­SON gdavid­son@wok­ing­ham­pa­

HUN­DREDS of chil­dren will still be re­ceiv­ing toys this Christ­mas thanks to a num­ber of hardy mo­tor­cy­clists who braved the snow to de­liver gifts in this year’s Toy Run last week­end.

The an­nual event, which usu­ally at­tracts thou­sands of bik­ers from across the coun­try, had to be can­celled on Sun­day due to the snow, but that did not put off a num­ber of mo­tor­cy­clists who care­fully made the jour­ney on bike or by car to High Close School to make sure their presents were de­liv­ered.

Or­gan­is­ers Jane and Ben Spiller have also set up an on­line do­na­tion page for those un­able to make it on the day who would still like to make a con­tri­bu­tion to the ap­peal.

Jane said: “We were so sorry to can­cel The Toy Run but it would have been un­safe.

“In­stead we asked folk to do a Toy Dump and take their presents to High Close School by car be­tween 12pm and 3pm.There were also ve­hi­cles at the start at Amec Foster Wheeler, to re­ceive gifts.

“Folk who were un­able to get there were asked to de­liver to Smith's of Whit­ley Wood, where Ben works, so that we could take them up to the school dur­ing the week.

“The sup­port was won­der­ful. Cars were com­ing up the drive ev­ery minute of those three hours to de­liver. The Mayor [of Wok­ing­ham Town, Cllr Peter Lucey], who was com­ing on the run any­way, came along to sup­port!

“Folk mucked in and helped sort gifts out and un­packed the vans from AFW when they ar­rived. it was great.

“We tried to get the word around about can­celling. Sorry for any spec­ta­tors who turned up any­way. We hope they did not get too cold!

“A huge thank you for ev­ery­one's sup­port. You couldn't meet bet­ter peo­ple. Thank God for bik­ers!”

To make a do­na­tion on­line to the ap­peal, which will go to­wards fund­ing a new PA sys­tem for High Close

School, visit www.just­giv­ crowd­fund­ing/read­ing­toyrun.

Some of the toys do­nated by bik­ers who would have taken part in this year’s Toy Run. The event was can­celled due to heavy snow across the coun­try, mak­ing it un­safe to ride

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