Bikers get cracking on Sheffield Hospital Easter egg run

Former World Superbike Champion James Toseland and his wife Katie Melua visit Sheffield Children's Hospital after taking part in the annual Easter Egg Run.
Former World Superbike Champion James Toseland and his wife Katie Melua visit Sheffield Children's Hospital after taking part in the annual Easter Egg Run.

MORE than 1,000 bikers followed former World Superbike Champion James Toseland as he led the Easter egg run to Sheffield Children’s Hospital on Sunday.

It’s a tradition started by the Three Shires Honda Owners Club, with support from South Yorkshire Police, starting at police headquarters in Europa Way, off the Parkway, and travelling through the city centre.

As well as the distribution of Easter eggs, the latest run is expected to raise about £5,000 towards the redevelopment of the hospital through contributions from the bikers and bucket collections.

Doncaster-born James visited wards with his wife, singer Katie Melua, to hand out the eggs to young patients, including four-year-old Eric Burton, who has had reconstructive surgery on his hip and femur, and open heart surgery because of complications following a premature birth. He even persuaded James to let him ride on the back of his bike one day.

James said: “This is my ninth year of the egg run.

“The first time I went into one patient’s room and was trying to cheer a young girl up, and when I came out her parents were crying because it was the first time they’d seen her smile in three months.”