'Absolutely fantastic' Cambridge Bikers Christmas Toy Run lights up children's faces at Addenbrooke's Hospital for third year running

PUBLISHED: 15:30 23 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:30 23 December 2015

Christmas Bikers Toy Run

Christmas Bikers Toy Run

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Cambridge was brought to a standstill as the Cambridge Bikers Christmas Toy Run - including bikers from Littleport and East Cambs - put smiles on children's faces at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Thousands of toys filled eight bin bags to the brim, while over 300 bikes and 500 people turned out in support.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” said Steve Tucker, owner of Almost Angels Tattoo Family in Ely - who gathered hundreds of toys, filling 12 bin bags, in his shop window - and took part in the run.

“We lost count of how many people there were when we got to 300, but to me there was definitely more than that,” he added.

When the bikers arrived a brass band provided music in the food hall.

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“Some of the kids came down and were taking pictures with the bikes,” Mr Tucker said.

“It was one of the most humbling experiences that I have had - to see that many people giving up so much of their time and effort.

“I want to thank Peter Vasey, for organising the run, the 363 MCC, Almost Angels Tattoo Family for gathering the gifts and everybody that donated.

“It was a truly awesome day.”

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Peter Vasey, founder of the run, said the event started out as “just a nice thing to do.

“I grabbed a few mates and said ‘do you fancy it?’ and then it just took off.

“We hadn’t done any advertising this year, but we had people coming from Northampton, London and Norwich so I think it’s gaining a reputation.

“The numbers are increasing at such a massive rate,” he said. “God knows what it’s going to be like next year!”

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