Northumberland families join forces to raise cash for road safety causes

Mourners at the funeral of a Northumberland student killed while cycling have raised over £1,300 for two road safety causes

Joshua Jarvis
Joshua Jarvis

Mourners at the funeral of a Northumberland student killed while cycling have raised over £1,300 for two road safety causes.

Family and friends of Joshua Jarvis gave donations to the Roadpeace charity and the See Me Save Me bike safety campaign.

His mother last night spoke of her gratitude to those who had given money, as did the Northumberland-based founder of the See Me Save Me campaign.

Joshua, 21, who had lived most of his life at Longhoughton near Alnwick, died after his bike was in collision with a cement lorry in Manchester, where he was studying at the city’s metropolitan university, on February 11.

At his funeral, mourners were invited to give donations to the national charity for road crash victims, which works for road safety, and the campaign which aims to reduce lorry danger and save lives. In all, £1,300 was raised.

Joshua’s mother Alison said: “We raised over £1,300 in the church alone for See Me Save Me. That is just tremendous. It makes it a little bit more bearable. This is going to be our mission in life.”

Kate Cairns, from Newton by the Sea near Alnwick, set up the See Me Save Me campaign after the death of her sister Eilidh in London, where she was living in 2009. The 30-year-old was hit by an HGV as she cycled to her job at a television production company.

Eilidh Cairns who was killed whilst cycling to work
Eilidh Cairns who was killed whilst cycling to work
 

Kate last night said: “I give heartfelt thanks for the donations made by Josh’s family to the See Me Save Me campaign. They can be assured that we will continue to fight to ensure that cyclists do not remain invisible to drivers, or to the system, and that we will continue to apply constant pressure and urgency to decision makers so the deaths of Josh and Eilidh will not be in vain.”

The service of thanksgiving took place at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Longhoughton, following a woodland burial at Bockenfield near Felton.

Mrs Jarvis added: “Friday was absolutely tremendous, if it was possible to give anybody the send off they would have wanted, Josh got it. His friends talked with such love and dignity. It was a lovely service.

“We are really really grateful to everybody who came and his friends for what they said.

“And everybody’s support has just been unbelievable. It just shows you that when tragedy happens, it affects lots of people and everybody wants to make you feel better and everybody’s support does make you feel better.”

Joshua was born in Birmingham, but moved to Longhoughton at 16 months old and went to the village’s first school. He later went to Lindisfarne Middle and Duchess’s Community High schools in Alnwick, before going to Newcastle College.

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