SCOOTER riders are gearing up to take the region’s roads by storm in aid of a boy battling a brain tumour.
The 2Toots Scooter Club is preparing for its annual Big Ride Out on Sunday, which will see 100 riders line up at Ashington’s QE II Lake at noon on a selection of classic scooters, racers, Lambrettas and Vespas.
From there the collection of two-wheeled wonders will head up the coastal route to Bamburgh.
Each rider will be donating at least £5 to the Teenage Cancer Trust, but the club will also be raising funds for eight-year-old Brandon Ballance from Amble, in Northumberland.
Almost £17,000 flooded in from readers after Brandon’s mum Sarah Nicholson made an emotional appeal for help funding the poorly schoolboy’s dream of swimming with Dolphins, in America.
Brandon’s tumour is inoperable and his mum says he has always hoped to go to the States.
However, additional costs have emerged which could prove a bar to Brandon fulfilling his lifelong dream.
Paul Hunter, from 2Toots, said the club was only too happy to do what they can to support the youngster’s dream.
He said: “We wanted to show a bit of moral support for him. It was such a moving story that we saw in the paper. This little lad is suffering from cancer and he needs a bit of help.”
The riders will also be giving cash to six-year-old Cory Davison, from Blyth, who is in hospital after having a brain tumour removed.
Cory’s twin brother, Cain, will be at the starting line to set the riders off on their fundraising mission and collections will be made for both families.
2Toots was set up to raise cash for North East cancer charities after the death of 56-year-old Newcastle rider Kenny Crown from the disease.
The name comes from the two beeps of the horn the club made to show they remembered him.
Mr Hunter, a founding member of the club, said: “Everybody is really looking forward to it. We have a huge amount of support for the ride and the weather is looking good.
“It will be amazing to see all 100 scooters together.”
A big night in is also expected to boost funds at Gosforth Civic Hall, on Saturday, September 17, when The Who tribute band The Whodlums will perform at a club-organised event.
Tickets for the event, which will raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust are £5 and are available by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If anyone would like towards Brandon Ballance’s American dream fund, they can contact Sarah on 07725 147188.
Cheques can also be made payable to Brandon’s Wish Fund and posted to Sarah Nicholson, at 57 Links Avenue, Amble, Northumberland, NE65 ORX.