Supporters of a charity set up in memory of a teenager who was tragically killed in a car accident have raised almost £1,000 from a 21-mile sponsored bike ride, on behalf of causes for children and young people.
The James Barney Foundation was established by Tony and Donna Barney, owners of UK residential and holiday park company Lifestyle Living Group, after their son was killed in a car crash three years ago. The Foundation was created to help causes in need, both across the UK and internationally as a way of bringing some good from the tragedy of James’ death.
James’ sister Dannielle Jacobs wanted to organise the bike ride event from Nottingham to Derby so that a large group of people could easily take part, including several of James’ old school friends.
She said: “This was the first event that we have done through the James Barney Foundation. We were hoping to raise £300 at first, but the donations just kept going up!
“In the end we raised £927, of which £800 will go straight to the causes that we have chosen, including the refurbishment of the Shepherds Bush Orphanage in Mexico.
“The route we chose was great and everyone enjoyed themselves. We’re considering making the bike ride an annual event since it went so well.”
The ride began at Nottingham Forest Football club shop and finished at Derby County Football Club.
Dannielle added: “We are thankful to the minibus driver Mark Ford and the van driver Michael Hayward, as they did the trip free of charge and donated their Sunday to us all.”
Fiona Price, who took part in the event, said: “I did the bike ride because I knew how much of an amazing young person James was, always prepared to help others. To help James’ family with helping others in his memory is what kept me going.
“I was pleased to be part of the group. The way everyone pulled together and supported each other along the way regardless of the weather showed we were all there as a team.”
The remaining £127 raised will go towards the Foundation’s next fundraiser – a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, in January.