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Preston bikers do charity ride to help Preston RSPCA this Christmas

Posted on - 23rd December, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Events, News, Ribbleton
Bikers with RSPCA staff and volunteers and the supplies donated

Bikers with RSPCA staff and volunteers and the supplies donated

A roar of bikers made the ride through Preston on Sunday to help raise money for an animal shelter.

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The Preston Posse undertook their now annual procession to bring supplies to the Preston and District RSPCA Centre in Ribbleton.

Organised by Ashton hair and beauty worker Laura Gunson the event is in its second year.

Laura, 26, said: “I just love animals. At Christmas it is easy to forget about them with everything else going on so I wanted to help them.

“In the summer there’s a bike show where we raised money and we keep this until just before Christmas before delivering the money to the RSPCA.

“I’ve also been collecting at work and also at the pub where I work. This money goes towards buying food and supplies for the centre.”

The bikers arrive at the RSPCA in Ribbleton

The bikers arrive at the RSPCA in Ribbleton

Laura’s fundraising helped her buy more than £200-worth of treats, equipment and food for the animals in Preston’s RSPCA.

The summer show by the Preston Posse also raised an additional £200, which the RSPCA is to use to help it over the Christmas period.

Laura, left, with a car full of supplies

Laura, left, with a car full of supplies

Laura said: “It’s a tough time for the next few weeks. A lot of people get a pet but then they don’t want it.

“I hope this event helps the centre and I will definitely be doing it again next year.”

The bikers, organised by Peter ‘Bones’ Wilson, set off from the Lane Ends pub around 1pm and the 40 vehicles made their way through Ingol, Fulwood and Ribbleton to the centre.

Staff and volunteers met the group of bikers and accepted the festive support.

Centre manager John with Laura

Centre manager John with Laura

Animal centre manager John Alan Wareing said: “Without the support of people like Preston Posse Bikers we would not be able to stay open. We look forward each year to their visit and the donations of food they bring us overwhelming.

“They are a fantastic, friendly group and its always a pleasure to see them.

“It costs us approx £25,000 a month to run and helped over 1200 animals last year.

“We take in the most abused and neglected animals, nurse them back to health, rehabilitate then rehome.”

If you’d like to donate and help the RSPCA in Preston you can visit the centre’s website.

Have you donated? Are you doing anything charitable for Christmas this year? Let us know in the comments below

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