Ride-out boost for Grace

Riders gather at the Grandstand, in Douglas, before the start of a lap of the TT course for Grace Teare

Riders gather at the Grandstand, in Douglas, before the start of a lap of the TT course for Grace Teare

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Some 75 people – including visitors to the Manx Festival of Motorcycling – took part in a ride-out for cervical cancer sufferer Grace Teare.

The event started from the Grandstand, in Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, at 1pm on Sunday.

While three people – William Wallace, Will Hindley and Davey Whorrall – set off earlier so they could complete a lap of the TT course on their bicycles.

It was organised by Grace’s friend David ‘Scotty’ Williams, who said: ‘The response has been phenomenal and I know how much Grace and her family appreciate it.

‘Thank you. I also know that there are other events being organised by other groups to help raise funds and I would kindly ask that you support them and this worthwhile cause where possible.

‘None of us know what is around the corner and we may be the ones in need one day.’

Grace, aged 26, who lives in Douglas with her partner Damon Kilsby and their two-year-old son Robbie, is currently spending each week at Clatterbridge Hospital on The Wirral having chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and then coming back to the island at the weekend.

Remember Me, a charity run by Lesley Turnbull to grant wishes for the children of sick or terminally ill parents, has pledged to cover the travel and accommodation costs for Damon and Robbie while visiting Grace in the UK.

On the day, £600 was collected, which will be used to help Remember Me continue to support the family.

Some people that were passing made a small donation even though they could not take part in the event because of other commitments.

Grace, Damon and Robbie were all looking forward to being there to say thank you to everyone for their support and help but unfortunately Grace was too poorly to attend.

Scotty said that on behalf of all the family Damon wanted to thank everyone for their efforts, support and well wishes.

He reiterated what Grace had highlighted before – the importance of women having regular smear tests, and urged those who were overdue their appointment to make one.

Raffle tickets are on sale on the GT 3000 Facebook page.

It is due to be drawn on Saturday but may be extended depending on ticket sales.

Scotty is also trying to arrange either a silent or public auction at a later date to raise more funds after receiving some great prizes from local people and businesses.

He thanked everyone involved with the ride out for their support.

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