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Stonham Aspal/Flixton: Thousands raised for St Elizabeth Hospice with ‘motorcycle run’

PUBLISHED: 16:08 22 June 2014

Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered together to ride 30 miles from Stonham Barns to the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, to support their local Hospice this Sunday, including patient, Andy Priest, who is currently appearing in Channel 4s documentary My Last Summer. Andy Priest in front of all the riders.

Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered together to ride 30 miles from Stonham Barns to the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, to support their local Hospice this Sunday, including patient, Andy Priest, who is currently appearing in Channel 4s documentary My Last Summer. Andy Priest in front of all the riders.

More than 200 riders have driven at total of 6,000 miles during a key hospice fundraisier.


Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered together to ride 30 miles from Stonham Barns to the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, to support their local Hospice this Sunday, including patient, Andy Priest, who is currently appearing in Channel 4s documentary My Last Summer. Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered together to ride 30 miles from Stonham Barns to the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, to support their local Hospice this Sunday, including patient, Andy Priest, who is currently appearing in Channel 4s documentary My Last Summer.

The St Elizabeth Hospice Motorcycle Run started from Stonham Barns, near Stowmarket, yesterday, finishing at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton.

One of the bikers who took part was terminally-ill hospice patient, Andy Priest, who led the bikers on his beloved blue Harley-Davidson.

The 45-year-old from Wickham Market has received care from the hospice. He said: “I was nervous about the ride, especially being one of the front riders, but I was honoured to be asked to lead the pack.

“When I am on my bike that is the only time I switch off from everything; I forget I am ill. It makes me so happy.”

He is currently appearing on the Channel 4 documentary, My Last Summer, which tackles the taboo around death.

Joanna Rodger, St Elizabeth Hospice’s events and challenges fundraiser, said: “It was beautiful day and we had a great turn out of bikers. It was such an amazing sight to see so many motorcyclists riding in convoy to support the hospice.”

She wanted to thank all the event’s supporters including Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists and Orwell Motorcyclists.

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