THE children’s ward at Great Western Hospital had an unusual delivery of Easter eggs on Sunday, when almost 100 bikers rode into the car park.

The members of Swindon-based Pinkertons Motorcyle Club set off in convoy from Swindon Rugby Club to take the scenic route through the town to the hospital where they made their delivery.

Club Secretary, Mandy Strickland, said: “Everybody that has come along has brought eggs with them.

“This is the second year that we have donated eggs to the hospital but we’ve been doing a similar toy delivery at Christmas for many years.”

The club, which was started in 1992 and will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, estimates that during that time they have raised a staggering £100,000 for GWH in the form of presents and donations.

In 2014 the club donated a brand new 47 inch television to go on the wall of the playroom – that delivery had to be made by van and not on a motorcycle for obvious reasons.

Explaining what she hopes the club's commitment to the children’s ward will show, Mandy said: “We hope people will see that motorcyclists are really just ordinary people and that we do nice things as well.

“We’re not these scary people that old stereotypes suggest, sadly a lot of people think if you ride a motorbike you’re some oily oik who will cause trouble but that’s not the case.”

A number of organisations across Swindon have shown their generosity this week by collecting and donating eggs with care homes, schools and charities benefitting as well as the hospital.

Jennifer Green, Head of Brighter Futures at GWH, said: “We’re extremely grateful for this generous donation as we know that, like Christmas and other special occasions, Easter is a time for being with family and that can often be difficult for the children who have no option to but to be in hospital.

“A little treat can really make all the difference to a poorly child and we hope the chocolate will help to put a smile back on their faces.”