MOTORCYCLE riders will dress up in festive gear to deliver toys to children in hospital this winter.

The Dengie and South Essex Bikers will be going on their second annual Broomfield Christmas Toy Run.

Dozens of bikers dressed as Santa are expected to set off from Maldon to Broomfield Hospital on Saturday, December 7.

They will be delivering teddies, books, DVDs and more to poorly youngsters.

Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising co-ordinator at Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the Dengie and South Essex Bikers back to the hospital this Christmas.

“Last year’s ride was really spectacular and the children on the wards loved seeing all the bikers in their Christmas fancy dress. The presents they donated were fantastic and brought so many smiles to so many faces.

“We are holding a present drop at the hospital on the December 7 so I’d encourage everyone to come along, enjoy the amazing sight of scores of motorcycling Father Christmases, elves and reindeer, and pass on any donations they may have to our team on the day.

“The gifts our patients receive over the festive season make such a difference and we are so fortunate to have groups like this supporting us.”

Last year’s event saw more than 50 bikers ride out.

Bikers are expected to gather at the Cabin Dairy Café in Burnham before moving to Maldon and riding through the town to go to the hospital.

For details, search for the group on Facebook.