Bikers’ brilliant £2,000 donation to NHS charity

A custom motorbike club have donated almost £2,000 to NHS Charity Blue Skies in a show of appreciation for saving the life of one of their members.

Russ Payne, 62, suffered a severe heart attack two years ago whilst attending anniversary celebrations with his fellow National Chopper Club (NCC) members.

A long way from his home in Northamptonshire, he was rushed from the event in Newton-with-Scales to the Cardiac Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he unfortunately suffered yet another heart attack.

But, thanks to the quick thinking of club members and their families on-site and the excellent care he received in the Cardiac Centre, his condition eventually stabilised and Russ was allowed to return home to his family and friends a week later.

He said: “We were celebrating the 45th anniversary of the founding of the National Chopper Club and apparently we had a lovely time! Unfortunately I remember very little of that weekend.

But what I do remember is waking up in hospital a few days after our event had finished and the kindness and care of the very special people who work for the NHS at Blackpool.”

In a bid to show his thanks to the hospital that saved his life, fellow member and show organiser Steve Cato and the other bikers banded together to raise donations for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

Monies were raised from two custom motorbike shows held locally to Blackpool, and combined with a £500 donation from The Northants Branch of the club, totalled £1,933.

Russ was thrilled to hear that the club wanted to fundraise and is grateful for their support throughout his recovery.

“The members from the entire club, both national and international, have been very supportive during my rehabilitation, they truly are some of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet.”

The hefty donation has been allocated to the Cardiac Fund within Blue Skies, and will go towards enhancing patient care.