'Foggy' adds oomph to charity fun day


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

WORLD Superbike legend Carl Fogarty made an appearance in Wrexham to help raise funds for a hospice and cancer charity.

The four-time world champion was at the Wrexham Motorcycle Centre in Gwersyllt on Saturday as part of the Eco-ReadyMix fun day, raising money for Nightingale House and Macmillan Cancer, with a signed motorbike on display.

More than £2,000 was raised from the event, with a final total yet to be declared.

The fun day was partly inspired by the founder of the centre, bike-lover Roy Bolton, who died in January.

Eco-ReadyMix director Gary Billington, who helped organise the event, said: “The bike we displayed is one Carl is famous for, a Ducati 916, which I recently purchased from a collector and have had lacquered so Carl could sign it on the day.”

Mr Billington added the chosen charities are close to his heart, following the death of his friend Mr Bolton, earlier this year.

He said: “Nightingale House and Macmillan Cancer have been chosen by Joy Bolton, Roy’s widow. I grew up with him and he taught me a lot about bikes so this is a nice thing to do in his memory.

“Lots of suppliers made very generous donations for the auction. There was also a raffle, and the police motorbike display team were there.”

More than 500 people turned out for the event, which included a question and answer session with Mr Fogarty.

Mr Billington added: “It was a brilliant day with a great turnout.”

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