The Gainsborough Residents’ Association (GRA) organised another Christmas toy run to the Oxford Children’s Hospital which took place on Saturday morning.
David Eggleton, Chair of the GRA led the toy run on his motorbike with the Mayor, Councillor Lorraine Hillier on pillion, leaving from the Town Hall after collecting the last few gifts. He said, “The weather wasn’t too bad, a little rainy, but warmer than last year! We were greeted by some of the nurses at the doors of the hospital where we loaded up the trolleys and split up into groups to distribute the gifts around the wards. The smiles on the children’s faces were incredible and it was very emotional for all of
us involved some of the children were very very poorly but still lit up when they saw us and the sack of pressies!”
The Mayor, Councillor Lorraine Hillier said, “I used to own a 125 motorbike when I was younger and my sister and I used to ride in the side car of our Dad’s motorbike when we were little. It was the first time though that I’ve been on the pillion of a bike. I really enjoyed the ride but felt a bit weird when I got off it. It was really emotional to see so many babies in the hospital but great to see the smiles on the children’s faces.”
The nurses will be distributing the remaining gifts to in and outpatients over the Christmas period and using some for their Santa’s Grotto so many others will benefit.
David added, “I would like to thank Lorraine who bravely rode pillion with me, Paula Isaac Vice Chair, Rachel Moffatt for transporting all the gifts, my daughter Lily, Mike Prior, Dave Urwin and Pete Clark for all their help and also everyone who has supported us and donated gifts, it was deeply appreciated and we’re already planning next years run!!”