April 9 2010.

Manchester's two-wheeled community is taking to the tarmac in a bid to raise money for local charity the Five Stars Appeal.

The Original Bike Blessing is an annual event in which bikers from all over the region meet to ride together, remember together and be blessed together at the start of another riding season. From sports bikes, Harleys and cruisers to trikes, scooters, and classic bikes, the event is an opportunity to celebrate the two wheeled community in all its diversity and bring bikers and non bikers together to raise money for a good cause.

This year's event takes place on Sunday 18th April, with bikers gathering at Harley Davidson in Stockport from 11.30am. From there they will ride to National Trust Dunham Massey Hall and then on to the idyllic village of Dunham Massey, where they will pause to enjoy the Bike Blessing, a spectacular treat from IV Para Freefall Display Team, a barbeque, live music, stalls and entertainment at the Village Hall.

Organiser Ray Lancaster said: "As well as having a great day out we always try to help deserving causes in the region. The Five Stars Appeal is a fantastic charity and we're delighted to have revved up so much support for them."

The Five Stars Scanner Appeal is currently just £350,000 away from the £1million needed to purchase a life saving MRI Scanner for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Registration for the Bike Blessing is open to all bikers and costs just £5, which will go directly to the Five Stars Appeal. Simply pop along to Harley Davidson, Stockport, at 11.30am on Sunday 18th April to take part in the ride or head to Dunham Massey to watch and enjoy the day.

For further information on The Bike Blessing, please contact Reverend Jerry Sutton at  Further information on Five Stars Appeal can be found at