Broomfield Hospital Christmas Toy Run 2019

Steve Maples, December 18, 2019

So, a little about me… I have worked in the Moving & Relocation sector as both an International Surveyor for Household Goods Moving, and a Recruiter with a career spanning over 10 years in talent. Having been on both sides of the fence, I’m currently a Specialist International Recruitment Consultant recruiting for the Moving sector and making the most of my previous contacts and connections in the industry. If you have an interest in removals, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn! https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-maples/

Charitable Event 2019!

Now that’s all the business out of the way, it’s that special time of year where we’re all able to wind down, see our family and friends to celebrate Christmas and welcome in the New Year. This December, for a second consecutive year, I decided to build on my previous altruistic successes and organise another charitable event to support a hospital that means a lot to me (and perhaps by drawing your attention to this cause, I can appeal to your generosity and maybe even inspire you to support your local hospitals too).

I’m the leader of a group called the Dengie & South Essex Bikers, and we decided that we would host a charity motorbike event where motorcyclists dress up as Santa, elves and reindeer whilst delivering toys and presents to the Phoenix Ward at Broomfield hospital. We started the route in Burnham on Crouch and went via Maldon onto Chelmsford with plenty of smiling families waving us along on the route. The event happened on Saturday 7th December and started at 10.30am, arriving at the hospital around 12.00pm. All the toys and donations went to the Phoenix Ward at Broomfield hospital - which is designed for toddlers up to late teens.

Tragically, I’m currently between motorbikes, so for the event I had to travel via car (covered with festive decorations) carrying any additional presents that had been donated. It was a successful trip! We had around 50 bikes on the ride with us with some having pillions (passengers) also. The motorbikes taking part were also festively themed – also covered in Christmas decorations. With the number of toys donated to the cause we had to find another way of storing and transporting them all (hence Santa’s motorcycle sleigh as pictured). Overall we managed to donate approximately 6 trolley loads of items. I had so much fun! It was fantastic to see the biking community come together and for such a brilliant cause.

Thinking back

This event worked out well because of the good-natured generosity of the people involved, combined with the fact that most families will have access to toys that their kids may have outgrown. We had so many toys donated that would’ve been discarded or gone to waste – there’s an environmental factor here as we prevented some perfectly good products going to landfill.

However, it wasn’t just old toys donated but new ones purchased too for the simple purpose of bringing some happiness to children that may be going through a difficult time. That said, I would like to thank and congratulate everybody that was involved in making this such a special day, and should you wish to donate or participate yourself in the event next year, please feel free to contact me as all contributions and volunteers would be most welcome.

Written by Steve Maples - Recruitment Consultant at Alchemy Recruitment Ltd.

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