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Family riding in Tom's memory
THE father and brother of a Stourport man killed in a motorbike crash will cycle 158 miles in honour of his son and the five-week-old daughter he never got to meet.
Matthew Edwards, 50, and Jamie Edwards, 21, will be keeping 23-year-old Tom Edwards’ memory alive when they embark on the ride from Hartlebury to Wales. The pair will be joined by Tom’s cousin, Jon Edwards, 21, and his friend Darren Hudson, 22, for the challenge on Friday.
Tom was killed when he came off his black Yamaha motorbike on the A451 between Dunley and Great Witley in May.
The group will finish the ride in Saundersfoot, Pembrokshire on September 24, on what would have been Tom’s 24th birthday.
They will be greeted at the finish line by Tom’s children, Charlie, 4, and baby Summer.
Matthew said: “If Tom’s looking down on us now he will just be laughing his socks off to see us training because none of us are bike riders. I’m looking forward to it – we all are.”
He added the money raised for the ride would go into a trust fund for the children.
“Tom loved Charlie dearly,”
Matthew said. “It will be gutwrenching to see Summer at the finish line but that’s what we’re doing it for. Tom would have thought she was beautiful.”
He added Tom’s death had been “hard to come to terms with” but organising the bike ride had helped with his grief. “We’re going to do something every year,” he added.
People can sponsor the group on the Tom Nut Job Edwards facebook page.