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SACKS full of toys were delivered to children in hospital by a generous group of bikers.

Members of the Royal British Legion Riders went to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, to deliver presents for the paediatric ward.

Royal British Legion bikers delivered toys to children. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143557-1)

Royal British Legion bikers delivered toys to children. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143557-1)

A van full of toys was handed over for the in-patients to keep with two large sacks, boxes and bags containing the presents.

It is the second year the bikers have done it and it was organised by Warren Stocker and Lisa Merry – the landlord and landlady of The Seahorse pub, on Broadsands Drive, in Gosport.

Bob Bartlett, manager at the pub, is also the south central representative for the Royal British Legion Riders and helped with delivering the presents.

He said: ‘Around 58 bikers helped deliver the toys to QA Hospital.

‘We started it last year but this year we wanted to make it a more local event and all the community have been bringing the toys in.’

Warren and Lisa decided to start organising the event when they heard about some of the children who had to spend Christmas in hospital.

And they have received lots of support from businesses and people in Gosport.

Warren said: ‘The whole idea started when we heard some of the stories of the kids in hospital.

‘We wanted to do our bit to help so we took the opportunity to start it. It has taken off very well.’

Lisa added: ‘We have had lots of help and the gifts have been donated by so many people.

‘The Royal British Legion Riders helped as did other motorcyclists, locals from The Seahorse and our neighbours.

‘Everyone has been very generous.’

As well as individual presents for the children, items for the hospital’s playroom were also donated.

Sue Richardson, play specialist at QA Hospital, said it was great seeing the kids faces light up.

‘It’s great for the children and you could tell they were really happy,’ she said.

‘Their little faces just lit up and they liked seeing all the bikes too.

‘This is really important because we get books, cot mobiles and other items for the playroom and nursery so it helps children in the future as well as our patients at the moment.’