MOTORCYCLISTS and scooter riders cruised through Wirral on Sunday in support of a local homeless charity.
The fifth annual ride from Eastham Ferry to Birkenhead was in aid of Wirral Churches’ Ark Project (WCAP), a charity that offers bed, food and advice to the homeless.
Bikers from all over the North West were asked to bring donations of food and toiletries.
Event organiser John Finan, a member of the Christian Motorbikes Association (CMA), said asking for donations was an appeal to the kind and generous nature of most bikers.
He also said that the advertisement reached out to members of the public without a motorcycle.
He explained: “I got phone calls in the week from people who just said: ‘I’ve seen this ride advertised, I haven’t got a bike but I’d like to give something’.”
Motorcyclists and members of the public gathered at The Tap in Eastham and before travelling to Mary Cole House on Sandford Street, Birkenhead, they were greeted with refreshments, as well as a thanksgiving speech by John.
A cheque for £300 was given to the project, along with an abundance of food and toiletry donations.
Mary Cole House is one of five WCAP buildings for the homeless, containing 27 beds, including 22 for males and five for females.
It had 148 residents in 2012; of whom 72 were successfully moved on towards independence, according to WCAP’s annual report.
However the Rev Maureen Coats, of St Mary’s Parish Church in Eastham, believes that homelessness is becoming a bigger problem in the Wirral area.
She said: “In Birkenhead we are more aware, but I must admit that since we have started the food bank we are finding there are a lot of people in need of food in this area.”
Members of the public willing to donate food, clothes or furniture to Wirral Churches’ Ark Project should contact 0151 649 0111.