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Ride for Violet-Grace

24 July 19

On Sunday 21 July, around 500 motorbikes and 150 cyclists took part in a ride in memory of Violet-Grace Youens.

The ride for motorcycles was from St Helens Rugby Stadium to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and back. The cyclist’s route was from St Helens Rugby Club to Whiston Hospital, into Prescot then back towards St Helens Rugby Stadium.

The four-year-old was knocked down by a hit and run driver while she was walking with her grandmother in St Helens in 2017.

The charity set up in her name aims to raise awareness about organ donation and raise money for families living with child bereavement.  

Duty Allocations Manager for Arriva St Helens, Darren Pye, said "When Violet-Grace passed it touched everybody in St Helens, and as a father with children of a similar age, my heart absolutely broke for her family and friends.

Taking part in this bike ride was really important as it shows our communities support of Violet-Grace’s family and their promotion of organ donation and services for bereaved families who have lost a child.

The ride was absolutely brilliant, and it was an honour to do this for Violet-Grace and her family."