A fund set up to help the family of a father-of-four who died in a motorcycle crash at the weekend has raised more than £2,000 in the first 24 hours.
Andy Tolley came off his Yamaha R6 at Bempton and was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries, but the 29-year-old died on Monday morning.
Now, a family friend has set up an online fund to help his wife Katie, who is going through a tragedy for the second time.
She suffered similar heartache a decade ago, when her partner Stuart Swift was killed in an accident at Carnaby.
Sherri Miller, who has set up the donations page, told the Free Press: “I just thought ‘what can I do to help?’. For Katie to have to go through this again for a second time, after she lost Stuart, is heartbreaking.
“Andy was really down-to-earth. He was quiet if you didn’t know him, but once you got to know him he was the soul of the party.
“Katie is on her own, Andy brought in the money, and I know how much funeral costs can be, and you have still got your bills to pay.”
On the donations page, Sherri said: “We are setting up this page on behalf of the family who are going through this traumatic time. We want to try take the pressure off them so they don’t have to worry about money and also to help towards funeral costs. While going through this terrible time it’s the last thing they want to think about.
“Anyone who knows this family know that this is such a devastating time for them all, not only has Katie lost her husband, who she adored and loved dearly, but four young boys have lost their dad, not to mention the close family, friends and people who Andy meant so much to.
“Please could we try to raise as much money for this family to ensure Katie doesn’t have to worry about her finances and can grieve in peace, knowing Andy will be laid to rest with no stress of money.”
Emergency services were called to the B1229 at Bempton, close to the junction with Bolam Lane, at around 2.30pm on Sunday.
Andy, who lived in Gypsey Road, was taken to hospital by air ambulance and his pillion passenger was also injured and needed hospital treatment.
Police said no other vehicles were involved in the accident but they have asked for anyone who saw the bike in the minutes before the incident to call them on 101, quoting log 364 of September 2.
The fund for the family had passed £2,200 by yesterday morning. You can donate at www.gofundme.com/andy-tolleys-family