Appeal for bikers to take Easter eggs to sick children

SERV Sussex deliver Easter Eggs to the childrens ward of the Conquest Hospital in Hastings. SUS-150704-095730001

SERV Sussex deliver Easter Eggs to the childrens ward of the Conquest Hospital in Hastings. SUS-150704-095730001

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The call has gone out for bikers in the Hastings and Rother area to help deliver Easter eggs to sick children.

Organised by SERV Sussex, the Easter egg run will see bikers delivering chocolate goodies to poorly youngsters across East and West Sussex on Sunday, March 20.

A group of riders will be heading down to the Kipling Ward at the Conquest Hospital at 3pm to bring some tasty treats to the young patients.

Riders will be meeting at the Polegate services before joining up with more riders at Bexhill Drill Hall, heading onwards to St Leonards.

SERV riders will be joined by bikers from the Hastings Motorcycle Action Group and Bexhill Bikers - but there is still room for more.

Russ Green is a volunteer with SERV Sussex, a registered charity which provides night time transportation of blood, blood products and other urgent medical items to NHS hospitals across Sussex.

Russ, from Hastings, organised the first Easter egg run to the Conquest last year.

He said: “Last year’s was a last minute thing.

“I was the duty controller for SERV and we had a call from the Conquest before Easter.

“There was a poorly child and she was having platelets delivered almost every night.

“So four nights before Easter I contacted the Kipling Ward and asked if they had any donated eggs.”

The ward had received just four donations of Easter eggs.

Russ said: “I thought ‘that’s just not good enough’ so I got in touch with SERV and Bexhill Bikers.”

He added: “In three days I collected 75 eggs. It was a fantastic achievement.”

Russ will be one of 200 bikers delivering eggs to sick children at the Chestnut Tree House Hospice in Arundel.

The team will then carry on to hospitals in Worthing and Brighton while Russ makes his way east to Hastings.

Russ already has a dozen eggs at home ready for the Conquest run, while the Little Sweet Shop in Steyning has donated 40 eggs for both the East and West Sussex runs.

Anyone who would like to donate an egg can do so on the day of the run at the Polegate services between 1.45pm-2pm, the Bexhill Drill Hall between 2.15-2.30pm or at the Conquest Hospital at 2.50pm.

Bikers who would like to take part in the run are asked to email russ.green@me.com