BIG-HEARTED bikers put their charitable efforts into top gear - to go the extra mile for the fight against cancer.
Hartlepool United Supporters’ Scooter Club collected £4,000 for cancer charity Miles for Men at a fundraising event in the summer.
The charity day, hosted at Hartlepool United Supporter’s Club, in Sandringham Road, Hartleppol, featured a rich array of attractions - from live music and raffles to a tug-of-war and hotly-contested scooter competitions.
Club member Marty Finn, one of the organisers of the extravaganza, said he was ‘gobsmacked’ by the show of support from the public.
He said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We held a similar event last year and raised £1,600.
“We never thought we woulod raise as much as £4,000.
“We were all gobsmacked.”
Help came from far and wide - with scooter clubs from across the North-East riding into town to help out.
Mr Finn added: “We had scooter clubs from all over, from Northumberland to Berwick and Leeds.
“We had a best in show as well as a best Vespa and a best Lambretta.”
A series of top local bands performed on stage with the entertainment, compered by Hartlepool DJ Les Watts. The line-up comprised of young Hartlepool acoustic singer Charlie Campbell, Running On The Spot, Jason Harrison, Dig The Old Breed and headliners The Clashed.”
The scooter club were so impressed with the generosity of the public that will be getting back on the fundraising trail in 2015.
Mr Finn said: “We want to thank everyone who donated. It was a real team effort and everyone chipped into help organise the event. The barmaids at the club put in 12 shifts for us.
“We’d like to thank everyone from the barmaids to the bands for their support.
“We will definitely be holding another event next year.”