Portland’s biggest Toy Run so far
PERFECT weather conditions encouraged a record turnout for Saturday’s Heywood to Portland Toy Run, with more than 130 bikes taking part in the annual ride.
Organiser David Upton was said he was rapt with the community’s charity.
“We had 131 motorbikes participate this year, which is our biggest Toy Run to date,” Mr Upton said.
“The weather was perfect; you couldn’t have asked for a better day.
“We couldn’t have done it without the support of local police, who escorted the riders through Portland safely.”
Mr Upton said the major highlight of the day was seeing a variety of people dig deep to support the event.
“The generosity was at an all-time high; everyone was willing to do their thing to help out.
“The toys were overflowing from the van and trailer, and donations were flooding into the Salvation Army from left, right and centre, to the point that they couldn’t keep up.”
Mr Upton said through the community’s generosity, more than 200 families in need will receive Christmas presents later this month.
“We received a large variety of toys, cash donations from the Portland Masonic Lodge, Community Markets and local bingo groups, as well as vouchers from Admellas Fruit ‘n’ Veg, Hallidays Butchers and the Oven Peel Bakery.
“The Salvation Army will now distribute these out to vulnerable families, who will have one less thing to worry about this Christmas.”