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Dundee Santa bikers launch Christmas toy run appeal

Dundee Santa bikers launch Christmas toy run appeal

A fleet of merry bikers are getting ready to ride in the Christmas cheer for Dundee children this December.

Returning to the streets of the city once again after more than a decade of Santa runs, the jolly gang from the Dundee Bikers Forum will launch their annual toy appeal this Thursday.

Each year, the riders roar through the streets in convoy to deliver presents to patients being treated at the city's Royal Victoria Hospital.

Dressed to the festive nines in Santa suits and riding decorated motorbikes, the procession also often pays a special visit to Glenlaw House, one of only three health facilities in the country looking after children with profound and complex disabilities.

  (Dundee Bikers ready to ride)
via STV via STV

One Santa getting on his bike again this year is David Mill, administrator of the Dundee Bikers Forum.

He said: "The DBF Toy Run is all about the children. Of course, we enjoy dressing up and riding around the city and it’s great to see people lining the streets and waving.

"But it’s the toys and cash we collect for the kids that matter most. That’s why this is now the 11th year of the run."

  (Dundee Bikers gear up for a jolly ride)
via STV via STV

This year, the Santa ride will take place on Saturday, December 5, leaving from Scotriders, East Dock Street at 1pm.

The group will travel under police escort (with compulsory tinsel) along streets where the public can see them and cheer them on.

With support from Tesco and generous Dundonians, all toys collected for the appeal will be handed out to local children, including those from new charity partner Help for Kids which supports children who are either vulnerable or disadvantaged through social and economic circumstances or through health and disability.

  (Dundee Santa toy run)
via STV via STV

According to the charity, 17,830 Dundee children are living below the poverty line.

David added: "It give a lot of pleasure to everyone involved and seeing the smiling faces is what makes it all worthwhile."

If you would like to donate a toy to the appeal, you can drop them off at the Tesco Extra on the Kingsway and visit the Dundee Bikers Forum for more updates.

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