There were incredible scenes at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital this December as Swanton’s Ray Rogers and his son Chayton led a convoy of two-tone scooters delivering gifts.
Over 30 scooters from Ray and Chayton’s Two-Tone Scooter Club Cheshire and four other clubs travelled the 20-mile route cheered on by onlookers.
Inspired by big-hearted Chayton, six, who wanted to bring joy to kids stuck in the hospital over Christmas, Ray and his team had amassed an enormous number of gifts.
As the convoy arrived at Alder Hey on Sunday 5th December, the volunteers waiting to take the gifts to the wards were stunned by the sheer volume of presents for the children.
According to Ray, a project manager at Swanton, it was a heart-warming moment as Chayton realised the impact of their gift ride out.
Ray said: “Irene from Alder Hey had her hand over her mouth in shock when they saw us arriving with so many Christmas gifts.
“As well as my scooter, I drive a VW 7-seater, and it was packed to the max!
“So many donations have poured in from people all over the county, including our family, friends and my colleagues at Swanton.
“We ended up filling two metal laundry baskets on wheels to the top by the time the gifts were offloaded.
“It meant the world to both Chayton and me to have so much support for the ride out gift drive and to bring happiness to those children in need.”
Fellow riders came from The Salford Knights, Plan B. Leigh SC, North & Central Manchester SC and Widnes SC.
They were flanked by a police escort as they wended their way to Alder Hey from Warrington, dressed as in Christmas outfits.
Chayton joined dad Ray on the leading scooter and waved to well-wishers throughout the ride out.
The movement helped Chayton, who went to Alder Hey for an operation earlier this year, to work his injured arm.
Ray said: “It was Chayton’s compassion and care for others that inspired this whole event – I’m so incredibly proud of him.
“He was so joyful all day because he knew that we were doing something that would raise the spirits of the children at Alder Hey Hospital.
“When I tucked him into bed that night, he asked me, ‘Dad, when is my next ride out?’, so I think we’re destined to do this again!”