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Toy Appeal: Big-hearted bikers give Santa a helping hand

PUBLISHED: 10:33 06 December 2017

Bikers deliver presents to charity Community Links for this year's Christmas Toy Appeal. Picture: Melissa Page

Bikers deliver presents to charity Community Links for this year's Christmas Toy Appeal. Picture: Melissa Page

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When burly bikers roar down your road, you might be tempted to run inside and lock the door.

Left to right: Aussie Mick, Sara Underwood and Father Christmas with donated toys. Picture: Melissa Page Left to right: Aussie Mick, Sara Underwood and Father Christmas with donated toys. Picture: Melissa Page

So imagine Canning Town residents’ surprise on Saturday when more than 40 petrol-heads arrived on their doorstep – with Santa in tow.

These big-hearted bikers drove 15 miles from High Beach in Epping Forest, Essex, to deliver toys for tots as part of the Community Links and Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Appeal.

They delivered around 300 presents to the charity at the Terence Brown Arc in the Park, Bethell Avenue, and raised £200 for the appeal.

“It was a great event,” said Kevin Jenkins, life president of Community Links.

Bikers deliver presents to charity Community Links for this year's Christmas Toy Appeal. Picture: Melissa Page Bikers deliver presents to charity Community Links for this year's Christmas Toy Appeal. Picture: Melissa Page

“They’ve been supporting us for over 30 years.”

The Maynard family made last year’s trip particularly special when three generations turned up for the cause.

Steve Maynard, his son Daniel and four-month-old granddaughter Josephine watched the bikers set off.

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