Preston Wildcats and Bamber Bridge Scooter Clubs spread festive cheer on two wheels

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Kind-hearted scooter riders spread some Christmas cheer on their annual selection box run at the weekend.

Members of Preston Wildcats and Bamber Bridge Scooter Clubs descended on the children’s wards at the Royal Preston Hospital to present young patients with selection boxes.

Preston Wildcat Scooter Club and friends arrive at the Royal Preston Hospital Children's department to deliver selection boxes and presents

Preston Wildcat Scooter Club and friends arrive at the Royal Preston Hospital Children's department to deliver selection boxes and presents

Having met at the Yew Tree in Walton le Dale, the festively decorated scooters followed Scooter Santa along the A6 to the centre of Preston, entertaining shoppers before heading out up Garstang Road to the hospital.

Around 130 scooters from across Lancashire turned out for the event and were waved off by the Preston North End mascot, the Deepdale Duck.

Catherine Cookson, sister at the children’s clinic at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, said: “We want to say a big thank you to the scooter clubs for coming to visit us.

“It was fantastic to see the expression on the children’s faces when all the scooters arrived, they created a real buzz on the wards.

“It’s tough for children who are spending Christmas in hospital so we do all we can to make sure they have a great time and events like this make a real difference.”

Scooter rider Steve Hunter said: “This is something that we have been doing for many years, it’s great to do something to help sick children and spread some Christmas cheer.

“We have scooters coming from all over the North West so it’s great to get everybody together.

“The selection boxes are donated by the riders and also people from the pubs where they meet. Also a big thank you to the Yew Tree at Walton le Dale, as without them this wouldn’t be so successful.”