78-mile ride in honour of Danny

Lee Cooper is planning a 78-mile charity cycle ride in memory of his best friend who died last year.
Lee Cooper is planning a 78-mile charity cycle ride in memory of his best friend who died last year.

A HOLBEACH man is planning a 78-mile charity cycle ride in memory of his best friend who died in a tragic motorcycle accident last year.

Lee Cooper is planning the ride on Monday, April 16, in aid of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, for the role it plays in getting accident victims to hospital.

Danny Graves (30) was on his way home from work at the Open Road West Norfolk Trust when he was involved in a fatal collision on the outskirts of King’s Lynn.

Danny helped to set up and run the trust which trained youngsters in practical mechanic skills. He lived in Holbeach with his wife Sarah and their two young children.

Lee said: “I wanted to do something to mark the anniversary of Danny’s death.

“We spent a lot of time together, either at the gym or riding our motorbikes.

“Although the air ambulance didn’t play a part in Danny’s accident, it does attend more than a 1,000 incidents a year and can fly to anywhere in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire from its base at RAF Waddington within 19 minutes.

“I’ve already raised more than £170 for the charity.”

The planned route will be just over three laps around Rutland Water and Lee estimates it will take him about eight hours to complete.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so online at Lee’s Just Giving fundraising page by visiting www.justgiving.com/lee-coops