The Grantham community is uniting to provide a trust fund for the children of a 27-year-old who was killed in a motorcycle accident last week.
The sudden death of James Weston has caused shock around Grantham, where he had a successful career as a self-employed plumber, and was a popular local figure.
He leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, Arabella, and was soon to become a father for the second time with Lauren Coombes.
Now, in a moving show of support for Mr Weston’s family, a trust fund has been set up for his children, and money is already pouring in.
It has been organised by his close friend Martin Richards, who said of Mr Weston: “He was a laugh-a-minute, an adrenaline junkie, and a brilliant father.
“His death has come as a complete shock to everyone. It came out of nowhere.”
To raise as much money as possible for the trust fund, a special event is being held at Oscar’s Wine Bar, in Guildhall Street, on June 3 from 7pm to 10pm. Entry will be £10 on the door, and there will be the chance to pay tribute to Mr Weston by adding your photos of him to a memorial board.
The event will also see a massive raffle, for which Mr Richards says donations of 80 prizes worth over £4,000 have been received from many individuals, groups and businesses. Raffle tickets are available from Indulgence Delivered on Westgate, Cafe Indulgence in Wyndham Park and Oscar’s Wine Bar.
Also wishing to share his fond memories of Mr Weston was fellow biker and long-time friend Peter Park. “I’ve known him since going to secondary school at 11 with my younger brother, and have enjoyed and been part of watching them grow up,” he said.
“We ride our bikes together, and we were regularly out on them at weekends, and in the week if time and weather allowed. We were due to travel to Assen for the MotoGP on June 24, then on to the Nürburgring for a few days in Germany. There will be a big hole there, with him missing, and it will not be the same.
“He had an infectious character, and will be sadly missed. He was very focussed in everything he did in life, and gave it 110 per cent.
“It has been overwhelming how the town has pulled together, and united in doing something for James and his family.
“We will be riding James to the church on the funeral day, as he was a petrol head through and through.”
The accident happened on Grange Lane in Balderton, at around 6.30pm on May 16. Mr Weston’s Honda motorcycle was in collision with a Honda Jazz car. No one else was injured. Nottinghamshire Police is appealing for witnesses. If you have any information, call 101 quoting incident 771 of May 16.