Funds raised in memory of skater

The family and friends of Greg Richardson have been fundraising in Greg's memory for Neonatal Unit, Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Derian House.
The family and friends of Greg Richardson have been fundraising in Greg's memory for Neonatal Unit, Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Derian House.

Family and friends of a teenager who died after a tragic accident at Morecambe skate park have been fundraising in his memory.

Greg Richardson, 15, died on July 19 last year at the Royal Blackburn Hospital following a lengthy battle.

The Morecambe High School pupil had an accident at the skate park on July 8.

Greg was one of a group of 12 amateur cyclists who have so far raised over £30,000 for charity.

Glyn Ord, one of the cyclists, said: “We are a group of 12 amateur cyclists and our common denominator is that we all frequent the Strawberry Gardens pub in Heysham.

“Last year, many of the 12 completed a 24 hour cycle ride to raise money for Derian House children’s hospice.

“It was the wettest, most horrible weather ever seen over the whole 24 hours endurance.

“This year’s epic adventure will see 12 riders competing in the Way of the Roses Coast to Coast challenge from Morecambe to Bridlington in three days - a total of 170 miles.

“This indeed will be a challenge, all the more spurred on by the untimely death of one of that crew from last year, Greg Richardson, who, at the age of 15 years, lost his fight for life following a tragic accident.

“Greg was a credit to his age group for his endurance and stamina to help raise money for the pub’s recognised charity.

“Greg’s parents, school colleagues and friends are eager to help raise money towards some form of remembrance for a life cut so tragically short.”

The cyclists, along with family and friends, raised £2,726 to be split between the neonatal unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The money was presented to the two organisations at the Strawberry Gardens recently.

Friends and family also raised another £618.96 which was officially presented to the neonatal unit at Masala Indian restaurant.

An indoor skatepark could be built in St Lawrence’s Church on Victoria Street in Morecambe in Greg’s memory.

An international skateboard festival at the Winter Gardens, a monument paying tribute to Greg and a hip-hop charity single in his memory are other ideas being mooted.