Ride out in memory of Thatcham man raise vital funds for Thames Valley Air Ambulance
The family and friends of a man killed in a motorcycle accident have enjoyed a ride out along his favourite route and raised money for the paramedics who battled to save his life.
Ashley Herring died five years ago, at the age of just 21, and his sister Gemma Herring said she was pleased to be able to raise vital funds for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance while doing something her brother loved.
"The ride out was a great success," she said. "The air ambulance fought for over two hours to save him and we actually got to meet the people who tried to save Ashley.
"They are an absolutely amazing charity.
"Ashley was a massive engine lover so we did a ride out in his honour.
"It was extremely sad, but we don't want to mope, we wanted to do something in his honour."
The 60-strong group – on motorbikes, in cars and in the Breadmore Commercials lorries of his former employer – set off from Newbury College earlier this month and went out through Penwood, following his favourite route.
"It was a really, really good atmosphere," added Ms Herring. "We're very happy with how it went.
"Dad leads and a lot of Ashley's friends attend on their bikes. I go out in Ashley's car with mum.
"It's about anything with an engine."
Ms Herring and her parents, Martin and Jayne, hope to run the event again next year.
"It's quite nice that it seems to be growing a bit more," she added. "A big thank you to everybody who has donated."