Ex-superbike world champion James Toseland made Easter egg-stra special for youngster’s at Sheffield Children’s Hospital today.
He had fans and admirers scrambling for autographs when he rode into Weston Park to collect chocolate eggs donated by fellow bikers to hand out to children at the nearby hospital.
Around 200 bikers turned up for the annual meet, which James has taken part in for the last 10 years.
In addition to donating eggs, the motorcyclists involved also donated cash for the Children’s Hospital’s ‘Make it Better’ appeal, which aims to raise £10m to build a brand new wing.
Doncaster-born James, who grew up in Kiveton Park, Rotherham, posed for photographs and signed clothing and helmets before delivering the eggs around the wards.
He said: “If I can spread a little bit of joy to the children in the hospital and their families plus raise vital funds at the same time then it is great that this happens year after year.”
His pop star wife, Katie Melua, also attended the event, organised by the Three Shires Honda Owners Club.
James added: “As a proud patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity, I look forward to the Easter Egg Run each year. It is close to my heart, and I like to do whatever I can to support the fantastic work of the hospital – especially at this crucial time in the Make it Better appeal.
“With one year to go until the building work is complete, the charity needs support now more than ever – and I am delighted to help them in their bid to build a hospital designed with children in mind.”
The Children’s Hospital Charity Director, David Vernon-Edwards said: “The Egg Run is a wonderful event for our young patients as they all love to see and hear the bikers roaring into the park.
“It of course gives them a great lift when James then takes the time to visit the wards.
“It’s always a pleasure to have James lend us his support. It really does make all the difference to our patients especially on Easter Sunday and the funds raised by James and the hundreds of bikers will
help make it better for our children.”
Some children from the hospital ventured into the park opposite to see the hundreds of bikes on display.
They also met bikers who dressed up for the occasion, including one who came as a gorilla, another as spiderman and two as bunnies.
Darcey Rogers, aged eight, from Brampton Bierlow, was among those at the event.
She met James when he handed out eggs four years ago when she was a patient at the hospital.
Her mum Kerry, 38, said: “We have been back to see him every year since - it is a great atmosphere and James is wonderful with the kids.