Royston bikers show soft side as they present thousands of pounds to various charities after successful show

PUBLISHED: 08:32 24 July 2015

Royston Motorcycle Club presentation. PICTURE: Doug Thompson.

Royston Motorcycle Club presentation. PICTURE: Doug Thompson.

DOUGLAS THOMPSON

A motorcycling club presented cheques worth more than £14,000 to share between a host of worthy charities after the success of its 30th anniversary show.

Royston and District Motorcycle Club handed out the cheques at Eternit Sports and Social Club in Meldreth, where the group meets every first and third Wednesday of the month.

At the presentation event, the club donated £5,000 to Meldreth Manor School, £4,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, £2,000 each to the Herts & Beds and Cambs & Suffolk branches of the SERV Blood Runners, and £200 to the 3rd Royston Methodist Guides.

Donations have also been made to the Bassingbourn Air Cadets and St John Ambulance.

Mark Coningsby from the motorcycle club said: “To be able to run such a successful show and donate over £175,000 over the last 30 years has been at the core of our club.

“The pride we feel when 2,750 bikers turn up to our show is overwhelming and then to be able to donate money to charities that – in this day and age – are always in need, fills us with immense pride and satisfaction. That’s not just for us but for what the motorcycling community can do when it pulls together.

“Our show is only a success if the bikers come. They enjoy the evening and for that we are able to make big donations to worthwhile causes.”

The motorcycle club has just 50 members ageing from three years old to 80 plus.

The club also presented a cheque to Cambridge biker Rhys Lawery after he travelled around the world on his Triumph for The Prince’s Trust.

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