Group get on their bikes to raise cash in teen’s memory

L-r Anthony Parkin, Pete Jablonski, Rob Palframan, Nigel Evans, Lee Charles and Mike Boylan pictured, along with John watson and Dave Wood are taking part in a 215 mile charity bike ride to raise money for the Amy Kirkby Foundation. Picture: Marie Caley D3557MC
L-r Anthony Parkin, Pete Jablonski, Rob Palframan, Nigel Evans, Lee Charles and Mike Boylan pictured, along with John watson and Dave Wood are taking part in a 215 mile charity bike ride to raise money for the Amy Kirkby Foundation. Picture: Marie Caley D3557MC
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AN intrepid team are taking on a 220 mile charity cycle challenge to raise cash in memory of a teenager who died suddenly.

The race that will see the team cycle from Southport to Hornsea over four days will raise money in memory of Amy Kirkby who died in September last year aged just 15.

Anthony Parkin, 41, of Edlington Motors, assembled the team after taking part in a similar challenge last year.

He said: “Last year I did the Transpennine Trail and we raised £3,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

“I wanted to do something this year and I know Amy’s uncle Mike Boylan so I approached him about raising money for Amy’s memorial fund.

“He was really happy for us to do it and even said he’d do the cycle challenge with us.”

Mike and Anthony are among a team of eight taking part in the cycle.

Mr Parkin added: “I’m confident we’ll do it, the hardest part will be making sure we don’t get lost along the way otherwise we’ll end up doing about 250 miles instead.”

As well as raising money for the Amy Kirkby Memorial Fund cash will also go to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s neo-natal unit, Rotherham Acro club and Cancer Research.

The event takes place from May 5-9.

Amy died after collapsing in the shower at her home in Brompton Road, Sprotbrough.

The cause of the former Ridgewood School pupil’s death is still not known after a post-mortem examination failed to establish how she died.

A number of tributes have been set up to Amy since her death including an annual art award in her name to be handed out to a pupil who excels in art at Ridgewood School each year.

To donate money visit http://www.justgiving.com/AMY-KIRKBY or http://www.justgiving.com/Rob-Palframan.To separately donate to Amy’s Memorial Fund contact boylanstv@btconnect.com.