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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.

A message on Holbrook Academy’s website tonight said Anglian Water engineers will be working through the night to repair a burst water main which closed the school today.

Waveney District Council’s Food and Safety team have awarded seven businesses for cooking methods and healthier options.

Khalid Masood, 52, was shot dead by police after mowing down pedestrians in a car on Westminster Bridge and stabbing to death Pc Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

Clothing worn by music mega star Ed Sheeran is going under the online hammer to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

As the family of Westminster hero Pc Keith Palmer paid their tribute to him, the sister of the last Suffolk officer to die in the line of duty gave an insight into their long road ahead.

The leisure centre in Crown Street was closed for around an hour this morning after police were called to reports of two men behaving suspiciously inside.

More than £75,000 has been given away to good causes in Suffolk to recognise the outstanding work they do in the community.

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