Easter Egg Run to help sick kids falls victim to austerity

Darlington and Stockton Times: A scene from last year's Easter Egg Run A scene from last year's Easter Egg Run

AN ANNUAL police event which sees bikers deliver Easter eggs to sick children across the region has fallen victim to the cuts.

Durham Police’s Easter Egg Run had become a popular fixture in the calendar, with hundreds of bikers delivering chocolate eggs to children spending Easter in the region’s hospitals each year since 2006.

However, Sergeant Iain Rodgers today (Tuesday, January 7) announced the event had been cancelled for 2014.

In a statement on the Bike Wise website, he said it was a “challenging new year” for the Durham and Cleveland forces and five officers were to be cut from the motorcycle team, leaving a full-time squad of one sergeant and eight constables.

“This clearly brings with it certain challenges, a need to re-focus upon our priorities and to be realistic about what we can and can’t do with significantly fewer resources and a host of demands on the horizon.

“In view of this we’ve taken the difficult decision that we will no longer be arranging the traditional Easter Egg Run,” he said.

Sgt Rodgers invited people to make donations so Easter eggs can still be bought for children at the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City, and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

The Bike Wise motorcycle event will still be held at Durham Police’s Aykley Head headquarters, this year on Sunday, July 20, along with Bike Safe workshops.

The Bike Wise Mini Bike Club will also continue.

For more information, visit bikewise.org.uk

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7:14pm Tue 7 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

How about the Chief constables of both forces giving up some of there £130,000 plus salaries to fund it.
No I don't think so, You have more chance of platting fog, they would rather sack a couple of PC's for some bizarre misconduct rubbish than lose their wage.
How about the Chief constables of both forces giving up some of there £130,000 plus salaries to fund it. No I don't think so, You have more chance of platting fog, they would rather sack a couple of PC's for some bizarre misconduct rubbish than lose their wage. NO EINSTEIN
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1:10am Wed 8 Jan 14

Somebodycares? says...

"Platting fog"?? Do you mean plaiting fog? It's really unfortunate this event has been cancelled but if the government cut money over and over little things will have to give way. And if you read the press release from the police Easter eggs are still going to be donated which has to be a positive thing surely?
"Platting fog"?? Do you mean plaiting fog? It's really unfortunate this event has been cancelled but if the government cut money over and over little things will have to give way. And if you read the press release from the police Easter eggs are still going to be donated which has to be a positive thing surely? Somebodycares?
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12:04pm Sat 11 Jan 14

PATCHES53 says...

Why can't we just do it anyway? Surely there is nothing that can be done when a random few hundred bike riders just so happen to take to the streets to deliver eggs.
Why can't we just do it anyway? Surely there is nothing that can be done when a random few hundred bike riders just so happen to take to the streets to deliver eggs. PATCHES53
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