Ipswich/Felixstowe: Hundreds of bikers raise thousands for hospice

IPSWICH/Felixstowe: Hundreds of bikers defied the blustery conditions to ride out in support of St Elizabeth Hospice, raising �5,000 for the charity.

The fourth annual St Elizabeth Hospice’s Motorcycle Run set off yesterday from Stonham Barns with more than 250 bikers taking to the roads, weaving through the county’s towns and villages to join more than 1,500 motorcycle enthusiasts at the Felixstowe Motorcycle Show.

The event was supported by Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists and Ray Walters, owner of Orwell Motorcycles, in aid of the hospice in Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

The hospice’s community fundraising team leader Rachael Maidment, said: “We were really pleased to see more than 250 bikers taking part despite the rain. As always, they were all so friendly and generous. It was such an amazing sight to see so many motorcyclists all riding for St Elizabeth Hospice.

“To raise �5,000 in one morning was brilliant and really will make a difference. I would like to thank everyone who took part and everyone who supported the event.”

Paul Armbruster, the organiser of the Felixstowe show, added: “The town was packed. I’m pleased it went so well because when I got up and looked out of the window the rain was shooting down and it was windy but it picked up.”

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