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Tributes paid to former Grantham teenager killed in motorcycle accident

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The family of a former Grantham boy has paid tribute to him after he was killed in a motorcycling accident.

Tom Teasdale died on Friday, aged 19, following a collision on Woodfield Avenue in Lincoln just after 1pm on Friday. He was riding his grey Yamaha motorcycle when his bike left the road and entered a private driveway. He was airlifted to Lincoln County Hospital but died later that evening.

Tom used to live in Sharp Road, Grantham, before moving to South Hykeham where he lived with his foster mum Caroline Garrard and sister Taya.

Caroline said: “Tom was just such a happy-go-lucky lad with a heart of gold. The love he had for his little sister, who’s nearly eight, was unbelievable. They were completely obsessed with each other and she’s taken the news really quite badly.

“Tom became such a lovely lad. I was very close to him and treated him like my own son.

“He loved bikes, had a huge love of music – Tupac was his idol - and was also obsessed with kangaroos! For his 18th birthday we got him a meet the kangaroos experience, which he just loved. He was also a big Liverpool supporter and was close to his work friends; he worked as a labourer for Q Construction.

“Tom loved holidaying, days out, and loved to get involved in family events. He had a huge love of food and was able to eat just what he wanted.

“For Taya it’s really hard. He came into her life when she was only four and she keeps texting him. I keep expecting him to come in, do something, or ring and say something. I’m just heartbroken and devastated.

“Tom became a member of our family. We are so proud of everything he achieved and the person he became whilst living with us.

Taya said: “My brother was really kind, funny, looks after me and is helpful. My favourite thing to do with him was ride my quad bike in the field with him. He bought me it for Christmas.

“I wrote a poem for Tom:

I have a beautiful brother called Tom

I can’t accept he’s gone

He meant the whole world to me

I’m so upset, I wish he could see.”

Caroline added: “I’d like to pass on our huge enormous thanks to the Air Ambulance, the police, and all the staff at Accident and Emergency. There was a lady called Holly at A&E who was just amazing, she was a rock. I won’t forget how they all tried to help.”

Friends of Tom are raising money for his funeral. They have set up a fund-raising page on the GoFundMe site.

Lincolnshire Police is asking for anyone who was in the area of Woodfield Avenue yesterday around one o’clock and saw either the grey Yamaha, which was travelling south, being ridden before the collision or the collision itself to contact us on 101 or the collision hotline on 01522 558855.

Did you know Tom? Did you grow up with him in Grantham? Send your tributes to comment@granthamjournal.co.uk or go to the Journal Facebook page.


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