Portsmouth scooter club rallies together to help fulfil wishes of dying teenager Natalie

CARING bikers have dug deep to help fulfil the wishes of a teenager with a rare form of terminal bone cancer.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 7:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 9:03 am
Scooters lined up outside The Phoenix pub in North End ahead of the charity ride for Natalie Turner
Scooters lined up outside The Phoenix pub in North End ahead of the charity ride for Natalie Turner

Natalie Turner, 19, has been told she has months to live – but wants to marry her childhood sweetheart John Daniels in a dream wedding.

Members of Phoenix Scooter Club have helped make that a reality by going on a ride and collecting donations to help pay for Natalie’s plans.

Around 80 riders set off from The Phoenix, in Torrington Road, North End, Portsmouth, to Chichester on Sunday.

They met other riders who donated towards the cause before heading back to the pub. Bikers then picked up Natalie before taking her on the back of a scooter to the bandstand in Southsea.

The day helped to raise £358.

And scooter enthusiasts say that together with the £4,500 already raised for Natalie, it will be enough to fulfil her dream and pay for trip to Disneyland Paris.

Riders also made the occasion extra special by making brave Natalie, from Southsea, a life-long member of their club. Phoenix Scooter Club member, Andy Munro, 55, of Buckland, said: ‘It’s her wish to go to Disneyland and to marry her sweetheart boyfriend.

‘We have made that possible now, because altogether £4,500 has been raised.

‘We have done this because we are a charity organisation, and it’s really important to us.

‘It’s so important to us that we help to fulfill Natalie’s wishes, because she is dying and only has months to live.

‘She knows us very well.

‘She comes into the pub and joins us. Last week, I got my chest waxed for her and was able to donate another £160.

‘I am really very impressed with the turnout for the ride.

‘It’s absolutely fantastic.’

As reported in The News, Natalie was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in November 2014.

The cancer was found in her ankle, forcing her to have her leg amputated.

Against all the odds, she went on to complete the Race for Life on crutches with one leg last summer.

In October, she was given the all-clear.

But in February, Natalie found out that the cancer had returned and it has spread to her lungs.

Talking about Natalie’s journey, Andy said: ‘It’s absolutely devastating.

‘But she has put such a brave face on, you wouldn’t think she was 19.

‘ I get choked up just talking about it.

‘She is full of smiles.’