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Norwich: Scooter club serves up a huge helping of eggs

PUBLISHED: 15:21 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:26 02 July 2010

Sam Emanuel

Children at a Norwich hospital were able to forget about their illnesses for a moment as they were presented with hundreds of Easter eggs by members of a scooter club.

Children at a Norwich hospital were able to forget about their illnesses for a moment as they were presented with hundreds of Easter eggs by members of a scooter club.

About 120 scooters belonging to members of the Norwich Scooter Club drove to the children's wards at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to present patients with more than 500 chocolate eggs.

John Frary, a club member who organised the event with friend Vinnie Cocker, said: “A couple of years ago we decided we wanted to do something for the Quiddenham Children's Hospice. One of the suggestions was to get Easter eggs for the children there, but then we decided it would be better to give eggs to children at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and raise money for the hospice, as that's what they really need to keep it going, and Easter eggs wouldn't be suitable for a lot of the children there because of the conditions they have.

“The NNUH said 'yes please', and so we've been doing it for the last couple of years. But this year it kind of went berserk - we had about 120 scooters and between 500 and 600 eggs.

“Various people have donated them - staff at Broadland District Council, where I work, gave about 170, and a lot came from Angel Road Middle School.”

Hayley Gerrard, spokeswoman for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, added: “We would like to say a big thank you to the generous donation of Easter eggs by the Norwich Scooter Club. This donation has brightened up the children on both Buxton Ward and those visiting the Jenny Lind Children's Outpatients.

“Children visiting hospital enjoy these visits as they are good distractions from the normal clinical environment and help to both aid in their recovery and make the time here pass quicker.”

The Norwich Scooter Club has also organised a fundraising night for Quiddenham Children's Hospice at The Red Lion pub in Bishopsgate, Norwich, on Saturday, April 17, which will include a raffle and DJs.

Entry is free, and the club hopes to raise money through donations inside to beat the £1,300 it raised last year.

Members of the club will ride to the hospital on their scooters to present the cheque on Monday, May 3.

Are you doing something nice for children or charity? Call Sam Emanuel on 01603 772438 or email sam.emanuel@archant.co.uk.

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