Date: Thursday 10 December 2015
A convoy of vintage vehicles made its way through Colchester town centre to deliver Christmas presents as part of the second annual Colchester Toy Run, which was supported by a cash boost from us.
This year the Toy Run took place on Saturday 5th December when a group of fundraisers, including Santa Claus himself, paid a visit to some of the children and elderly patients at Colchester General Hospital to deliver them gifts.
Our East London team donated £250 to help fund some of the presents that were given to the patients.
Gary Youngs, member of ModnCasuals Scooter Club and one of the organisers of the event, says: “The Toy Run started out last year as a way of delivering presents to poorly children, but after speaking to the nurses at Colchester General Hospital we soon learnt that in fact the elderly patients often get forgotten about and don’t receive anything.
“We decided that we would try and fundraise enough money to deliver presents to some of those who don’t have anything – and both last year and this year we’ve raised enough to donate gifts to the children’s ward and four wards with elderly patients.”
The Toy Run, which kicked off at 10.30am, made its way from Colchester Kawasaki to the hospital via the busy town centre streets. More than 25 people took part, including members of the Mod n Casuals Scooter Club who have spent the past two years organising and fundraising for the annual event.
“Some of the nurses were in tears – they were so shocked by the gesture,” continues Gary. “They explained to us that they often spend money out of their own pockets to buy gifts for the elderly patients.
“During the run, the group really got into the festive spirit. Santa joined us to hand out the gifts along with a couple of people dressed as snowmen. The scooters were decorated with lights and a reindeer was placed on the lead scooter to imitate Santa’s sleigh.
“Last year we managed to donate presents to 50 patients after raising £120, but this year it’s been fantastic as we’ve had £800 to donate and we’re so grateful for the help we’ve received.”
We offered to help fund the Toy Run after members of ModnCasuals appealed to us for support.
Gary adds: “Our aim with the Toy Run is to target those who need our help the most. Some of the patients don’t have visitors and are sometimes admitted with nothing, so we provide them with a few essential items such as soap, flannels and wash kits as well as things such as chocolate, calendars and diaries.
“We’ve been planning this year’s event since about July and all of us at the club can’t believe how big it’s grown in just one year.
“We really appreciate everything that Taylor Wimpey has done as it’s been amazing, the nurses were so taken back by the generosity and it’s a big help for them as well.”
Michael O’Leary, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East London, says: “It’s fantastic that we are able to lend our support to such a wonderful event and help make a difference to the patients at Colchester General Hospital.
“We’re thrilled that the Toy Run was a huge success for a second year running, well done to all of the members of ModnCasuals Scooter Club for organising the event!”