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Elsie raises £2500

Published: 01 November 2005

Motorcycling grandma Elsie Wilkes presented a massive cheque to three children’s charities in the MCN race paddock today, November 2, at the NEC.

Elsie has been organising charity bike runs for disabled children since 1961 and her latest efforts managed to raise £2500 for three schools for disabled children.

The 87-year-old started organising the runs for the Jumbo charity and then went on to set up the Dave Cooper Memorial Run in memory of one of the founders of Jumbo, raising over £110,000 in the last 12 years alone.

All over the country and across Europe she gets sidecar owners together to take disabled children out on the run with a child in every sidecar or trike, raising money for the schools along the way.

Elsie has been on bikes since she was twelve years old and was a member of the Triumph riders club when she first started her charity work.

“It is such a joy to see the children come to us in the morning with blank faces then leave in the evening after they have been out on the bikes absolutely glowing,” said Elsie. “Since we have been involved with the schools the children have really changed and they interact so much better with society now. I can’t think of any better reward.”

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