Jan 16 2013 by Lorna Hughes, Birkenhead News
WIRRAL’S cancellation-threatened Egg Run will go ahead this year after a sponsor stepped in to save it.
The charity event will take place as planned on March 17 with support from United Utilities and other smaller donors.
Last month the Wirral Egg Run committee said it would have no choice but to put the popular annual event on hold for a year unless it could raise £20,000.
It said the money was needed to pay for insurance, road closures, stewards and assistance from Merseyside Police.
The Egg Run sees thousands of motorcyclists taking to the roads of Wirral every spring to deliver Easter eggs to children in hospital.
Spokesman Graham Heron said: “The Wirral Egg Run organising committee are pleased to announce that this year’s event will now take place as planned on March 17.
“All involved would like to thank United Utilities for their kind support along with the other investors and the committee members and trustees of the charity who have tirelessly worked to enable the event to proceed.
“We remind people that we are a charity raising money for sick and disabled children within the region and ask please to donate generously.
“All funds go to local children and children’s charities.
“Special thanks to Wirral Council, Merseyside Police, Wirral NHS trust, St John Ambulance, Radio City and all volunteers, without whose support there could be no event.”
Organisers had pleaded with supporters not to arrange their own unofficial Egg Run, warning it could result in the council and the police withdrawing support in future years.
News of the cancellation prompted a backlash from some bikers, who insisted they would take part in an Egg Run regardless.
Donations can be made on the day or by post to the Wirral Egg Run, c/o 47 Seaview Road, Wallasey CH45 4QW.
For more information visit www.wirraleggrun.com