Red Devils add their support to fundraiser

James Putrell funddraiser

James Putrell funddraiser - Credit: Archant

A weekend fundraiser for a talented Hitchin motorcyclist who suffered life-changing spinal injuries raised £2,266.

James Puttrell was injured in a crash at Brands Hatch during the first lap of a National Superstock 600 race in April as he tried to avoid fallen riders. Moved by his struggle as he faces life in a wheelchair, friends, family and former colleagues at Bike Stop in Stevenage rallied around brave James, turning out in large numbers for Saturday’s quiz at St Michael’s Community Centre.

Organiser Michael Hann, who James went to school with at Highfield in Letchworth, said: “It was an incredible evening, thanks to all who attended.

“We had lots of items auctioned off to raise money including a pillion ride on the back of a 1000cc high performance bike. Manchester United FC even donated a signed pennant.”

Michael’s dad Jeff added: “We’re very grateful for everyone’s support whether through giving prizes, buying tickets or donating.”