Charity formed in memory of tragic sailor

TOGETHER Carol and Gary, pictured before his death
TOGETHER Carol and Gary, pictured before his death

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A WIDOW has set up a charity fund in tribute to her husband who died in a motorbike accident last October.

And the first event for Gary’s Trust will be a 104-mile memorial ride out across Hampshire and West Sussex for biking enthusiast Gary Greaves.

Along the route it will stop at HMS Victory, Gary’s final post, as a Chief Petty Officer, at the end of his 23-year navy career.

Gary and Carol met and lived in Portsmouth before moving to Arundel. They were planning to move to Portchester at the time of his death, aged 48.

The trust will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Carol, who was married to Gary for 17 years, said: ‘I was diagnosed with cancer in March 2010, and without the support of Macmillan Cancer Support I honestly don’t think that Gary and I would have got through what can only be described as the toughest and most traumatic period of our lives together.

‘Macmillan gave Gary the knowledge and support that enabled him to accept what was happening to me.

‘Gary was a positive person anyway, but somehow Macmillan stopped him from losing that sparkle, that will to live life to the full, that energy, that true and endless love that was the reason I got through this ordeal. I got through it and came out the other end on my husband’s arm still smiling.’

But just two weeks after Mrs Greaves was given the all-clear, Gary died when his bike collided with a Land Rover near Petersfield.

She added: ‘In Gary’s memory, I have decided to take his lead and spend the rest of my life doing something positive, something good, and something with true meaning.

‘I know that Gary would be so proud of me and so proud to have his name associated with this fantastic organisation.’

More than 30 friends of Gary from the biking community have already signed up to the ride, which will start and finish at the Hilton Avisford Park Hotel in Arundel on August 20. To register is only £2.

They will also stop at St Mary’s Church in Portchester, where a memorial service was held for Gary.

After the ride there will be a dinner and dance at the hotel. Tickets are £20 a head.

For more information or to book for either event, email cgreaves55@btinternet.com or bobbievalk@hotmail.com or call 07917 157780 or 07968 162260.