Thirteenth ride-out to raise funds for Hospice

Crowds gather at last year's ride-out for NI Children's Hospice.
Crowds gather at last year's ride-out for NI Children's Hospice.

A group of big-hearted bikers are to once more hit the roads around Carrickfergus in aid of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Quay Vipers Motorcycle Club’s annual ride-out will take place this Sunday at 1pm from the harbour car park.

The event aims to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice through a minimum donation of £5 per bike, with all proceeds going directly to the charity.

There will be live entertainment from 11am by local rock band Mean Bone along with the U105 Road Show.

Meanwhile, movie characters from Belfast costuming club Emerald Garrison will be on hand for photo opportunities.

This year marks Quay Vipers’ thirteenth annual ride out, with a route taking participants from Carrickfergus down the Coast Road and on to Glenariff Forest Park.

The return leg is via Broughshane and Millbrook, finishing in Carrick Bowling Club where a ballot prize draw will be held.

The ride out initially started off as a bike-orientated event but has evolved into a family day out, with people coming to see well over 1000 bikes, stalls and live entertainment.

To date, the club has raised over £85,000 for the Children’s Hospice, which is the only service of its type within Northern Ireland.

There are over 1,300 life-limited children and young people and their families living in the province who need the specialist care that only the Children’s Hospice can provide.

The Hospice offers high quality care and support to their children and young people with life-limiting conditions including their parents and carers.

The charity also provides support, advice and education to professional colleagues from the multidisciplinary teams involved in supporting this cohort of children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Care is provided in the child’s own home and the Children’s Hospices in Newtownabbey and Fermanagh.