Bikers deliver festive cheer to PEH staff

BISCUITS, chocolates and gifts were delivered by local bikers to the hospital yesterday to thank staff for their hard work.

It was the fourth year the event has taken place, organised by the Guernsey Bikers Group and Widows Sons of Guernsey and Alderney.

A group of 24 bikers gathered at Vistas at 10am. Bad weather and strong winds saw a change of route which saw them go north around the island, through Town and up Le Val des Terres to the PEH.

Many donned Christmas features, such as subtle nods like sparkly red nail varnish, to more obvious festive attire, such as a full Santa suit.

Widows president Martin Proudlove said in the past the group had done toy runs for the children’s ward, but the last few years it had been about getting gifts for the staff as well.

‘For the last few years it’s been a pretty busy time here,’ he said.

The bikers rode from Vistas north around the island to the hospital. (Picture by Chris George)

‘The hospital has had to keep going, from the doctors and nurses, but also the domestic staff, porters, administrative staff, everybody. They are not always in the public eye, but they’ve all been working hard and we wanted to say thank you to them.’

There was a mix of gifts, from edible items to toiletries. Some were wrapped, while others were meant to be shared,

Emergency Department doctor Nemer Kharroubi is also a motorbike rider and took part in yesterday’s ride.

‘I work in the hospital and I know how hard everybody works, especially over the last year or two,’ he said. ‘So we want to cheer the staff up.’

Staff from many different sections of the hospital came down to collect gifts to take back to their offices and departments.

Assistant director of acute care Elaine Burgess said the hospital was grateful to the bikers for their support.

‘It is just a really lovely thing to do,’ she said.

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