Seven seater bike ride for Devi’s Den in South Anston

A team of Lancashire lads will ride the seven seater conference bike 90 miles in aid of the Devi Palmer Memorial Fund
A team of Lancashire lads will ride the seven seater conference bike 90 miles in aid of the Devi Palmer Memorial Fund

THE mother of South Anston man Devi Palmer who died nine years ago is asking local people to sponsor an event in his memory.

Devi died in 2002 from a bone marrow transplant-related infection, following leukaemia.

His mum Shirley Palmer has secured the support of a group of lads from Lancashire who will embark on a wacky challenge on Saturday 3rd September.

The seven young men will ride a seven-seater bicycle 90 miles from Edinburgh, across the Forth Bridge through Grangemouth, Linlithgow and back to Edinburgh.

They hope to raise much-needed cash for the charity, the Devi Palmer Memorial Fund - which was set up to assist leukaemia patients and their families.

“I was trying to source Astro turf for the garden at the bungalow, when I spoke to this young man called Adam Booth,” said Shirley.

After Shirley told him about Devi’s Den, Adam and his friends offered to raise sponsorship for the charity.

“Adam and his friends are about the same age as Devi was, so his story struck a chord.” said Shirley.

“The lads were also pleased we were a small charity, and the money would go direct to the patients.”

Over in Lancashire, the team have been busy gathering sponsorship from family and friends.

And now Shirley wants South Yorkshire people to get behind them and donate if they wish.

Devi, 28, worked as a construction engineer while he studied toward a degree in construction management at Sheffield Hallam University.

Before losing Devi, his family had planned to help him buy a bungalow in South Anston, but he sadly passed away before this happened.

Since then, Shirley and Devi’s sister Lisa have gone ahead and created a comfortable hospitality bungalow for leukaemia patients and their families to use during treatment.

Their charity, the Devi Palmer Memorial Fund, has raised £30,000 so far, and this event should boost funds further.

“The bungalow is nearly finished, it’s taken a lot of hard work to get here and we hope to be open soon,” said Shirley.

“The fund is for the patients who stay at the bungalow to use on what ever their needs require. Each patient’s needs are individual.”

Shirley added: “Giving them a base whilst they have their hospital treatment will save on parking and accommodation charges, and it will give them comfort and dignity during this difficult time, allowing the whole family to stay together.”

• If you would like to sponsor the cyclists or donate directly to the Devi Palmer Memorial Fund, call Shirley on 07790 673989.