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Toy Appeal: Bikers drive miles to donate toys to Newham’s deprived children

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 December 2016

A convoy of bikers, some travelling from many miles away, arrive at the Community Links building in Barking Road with presents for the toy appeal.

A convoy of bikers, some travelling from many miles away, arrive at the Community Links building in Barking Road with presents for the toy appeal.

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They might look scary at first glance, but this noisy cohort of bikers comes bearing goodwill and a large donation of toys.

Three generations: Steve Maynard (Grandfather), Daniel Maymard (father) and Josephine Maynard (baby, aged four months) outside the Community Links building in Barking Road.Three generations: Steve Maynard (Grandfather), Daniel Maymard (father) and Josephine Maynard (baby, aged four months) outside the Community Links building in Barking Road.

The annual bike ride saw more than 40 petrol-heads take to the streets to bring gifts for children as part of the Communiy Links and Recorder Christmas Toy Appeal on Saturday.

Riding 15 miles from High Beach in Epping Forest, Essex, the group delivered 250 presents and raised more than £190 for the appeal.

Kevin Jenkins, life president of Community Links, said: “It was a great effort and a great boost for the Toy Appeal from our long-standing friends.”

Ride organiser, John Pryke, added: “It went really well, the weather was brilliant as well.

“We had in the region of 40 motorcycles and delivered quiet a few presents.”

The ride has been taking place every year for the last 30 years, but this time one family who regularly come along, had three different generations helping the cause.

Steve Maynard, his son Daniel, and his granddaughter Josephine, who is only four- months-old, watched them set off on their ride.

“Steve came to the first bike ride 30 years ago, then he started bringing his son when he was old enough and now he has brought his own daughter along.” Kevin said.

“Josephine is only a baby, she was born in August, but I’m sure once she’s old enough she’ll be on the back of her dad’s bike joining the ride,” Steve added.


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