ONE of Wirral’s biggest charity events is facing the axe next year because organisers are struggling to find sponsors.
The Wirral Egg Run committee said it had no choice but to put the popular event on hold for a year unless it could raise £20,000 for costs including insurance, road closures, stewards and assistance from Merseyside police.
The Egg Run, now in its 31st year, sees thousands of motorcyclists taking to the roads of Wirral every spring to deliver Easter eggs to children in hospital.
It has also raised thousands of pounds for charity, this year handing out £22,000 to good causes.
Committee members will meet on Thursday to confirm the decision to cancel next year’s run – but said there was still time to save it.
Committee member Graham Heron said: “We have approached companies two years in advance but because of the economic climate it is very difficult to get sponsorship.
“Some of the costs are subsidised because we are a charity but we still have to pay.
“It got to a point where we had to make the decision. It is a huge shame.”
The decision to cancel the event was announced on the event’s Facebook page in a message insisting the Run would return “bigger and better than ever” in 2014.
Organisers pleaded with supporters not to arrange their own unofficial Egg Run, warning it could result in Wirral council and the police withdrawing support in future years.
But the cancellation prompted a backlash from some bikers, who questioned the costs quoted by organisers and insisted they would take part in an Egg Run regardless.
One said: “If I want to go for a ride on April 17 from New Brighton, around Wirral and then end up near Clatterbridge hospital (as I live only two miles away from there) I will.”
Anyone who can help sponsor the event should email firstname.lastname@example.org