Classic motorcycle owners and enthusiasts have helped raise $1000 in support of palliative care patients at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital.
The donation, which was possible thanks to a strong turnout at the Port Macquarie Classic Motorcycle Club's recent Classic Bike Show, was made in memory of one of the club's founding members, Brett Poole.
President Ian Stone and founding member John Butler were among the club representatives to return to the Palliative Care Unit this week with a gift to honour the memory of an avid motorcycle collector and a mate.
"Brett was a great person, a man who loved his bikes and loved surf lifesaving," Mr Stone said.
"When he became a palliative care patient at Wauchope, we appreciated the way the staff looked after him.
"The bike show is in its fifth year, and proceeds have always gone to support others, but as with our last donation, we thought it was fitting to support the people who looked after Brett."
Mr Stone said this year's show attracted bike enthusiasts from throughout the Mid North Coast.
"It really is an event that bike owners look forward to," he said.
"It's a chance to see Japanese, British, European and American bikes restored to their former glory, and riders just love the opportunity to see some of these classics not only looking great but still being taken for a Sunday ride."
Palliative Care Nursing Unit Manager Mary Trotter thanked the bike club for its ongoing support of seriously ill patients.
"Our Palliative Care Unit cares for people from throughout the Hastings and Macleay valleys, and has earned a reputation as being a centre of excellence in palliative care," Ms Trotter said.
"We are proud of our staff, the doctors and nurses who care deeply for our patients and their loved ones.But we are also humbled by the support we receive from the community.
"This support enables us to really make our patients feel at home, so we are part of a bigger community effort to ensure palliative care patients have the best support possible.
"We can't thank the classic bike club enough for helping us to care for our patients. Their generosity and kindness touches the lives of others and for that we are all very grateful."