Bears Easter Charity
Over £1100 has been raised to buy Easter Eggs and gifts for the Children’s Ward and NHS staff at James Cook University Hospital (JCUH). For several years the Redcar Agilia Bears staff and riders have visited poorly children in JCUH at Easter to hand out donations of Easter Eggs and toys, made by the clubs supporters who have always given generously towards this great cause.
Plans to repeat this in 2020 had been scuppered due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, but fans had been asked to donate via a Just Giving page set up by club volunteer, Claire James. The response was amazing, with more than double the target of £500 being raised in just a few days.
Today both Claire and Bear’s Commercial Manager Ian Drinkel were allowed to drop off hundreds of eggs and toys to JCUH, thanks to their hard work and relentless ambition to continue the clubs charity efforts.
Club boss Jitendra Duffill commented, ‘We have so many people to thank for allowing this to happen again this year amidst the Coronavirus crisis; our supporters for their immense generosity and selflessness when times are already hard financially, to Claire and Ian who have found a way to continue our charity and to the staff at JCUH who have gone above and beyond yet again to care for their patients. What I’ve witnessed over the last few days has been touching and humbling. There were so many challenges in our way this year and I really didn’t think it was going to happen at one point, but Claire and Ian simply wouldn’t give up. This is our way of being able to give a little something back to these amazing people and I hope it can bring a little joy during challenging times.”
Special thanks also go to South Tees Hospital Charity for their help, also to Tesco depot Teesport and Tesco Ingleby Barwick for their generous donations.
Redcar Speedway would also like to express our gratitude every member of NHS Staff and our key workers, who are working incredibly hard and are doing an amazing job of looking after all of us. We are incredibly grateful!