Scooters take to the streets for good cause

'Ride Out For Life'  organisers Tony Broome and Sandy Parkinson.'Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-170705-174250006
'Ride Out For Life' organisers Tony Broome and Sandy Parkinson.'Picture: Habibur Rahman PPP-170705-174250006
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SCORES of scooters took to the streets to raise cash for a good cause.

Ride Out For Life was held at Horndean Tyres at Westfield Industrial Estate in Portsmouth Road band saw hundreds of people turn out in support.

The event, which was organised by Tony Broome and Sandy Parkinson, raised more than £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Tony, who works at Shoefix in Cosham and is a keen scooterist, said: ‘We are always trying to find new ideas for the charity so this year we had the idea of organising an event to involve the biking community.’

Sandy added: ‘It was something new and exciting and a different way to raise money.’

The owners of Horndean Tyres, Ron and Pat Michie hosted the event.

Ron said: ‘The more we can do to raise money for cancer research, the better.’

The husband-and wife have their own personal connection to the charity after Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Now nine years in remission, she said: ‘It’s nice that people want to raise money for people like me who have had the disease.

‘I’m only here because of people like Sandy and Tony and now I’m fit, I want to pass it on and do the same for others.’

Michelle Cawley, 36 of Paulsgrove and owner of Shelly’s Sweets and Treats was one of the many businesses to come along and support the event.

She donated 25 per cent of her takings from their sweet stall on the day to the fundraising event.

Michelle said: ‘We are very proud to have been there. The atmosphere was absolutely incredible.’

Cara White, 43, from Rogate, attended the 
event with her husband and friends.

Cara said: ‘We try and go to as many bike events as we can and I can honestly say this was one of the best organised.

‘Although it was small, to me it added a friendly atmosphere.

‘If another event like this was arranged, we’d most definitely go. It was for an amazing cause.’

Tony added: ‘Out of all the illnesses people suffer from, cancer seems to be everywhere and we want to do something to fight back.’