Thursday, July 25, 2024

Speedway world offer support to Lee’s family

The Lakeside Hammers would like to pass on their thanks to the Speedway world for the countless kind messages and offers of support to Lee Richardson’s family following his tragic accident on Sunday.

After consultation with the Richardson family, the Club will be setting up a support fund for Lee’s wife and three children. In the next few days online donations will be possible via a link on the Hammers website and from today cheques, made payable to Emma Richardson, can be sent to Gerald Richter, The Speedway Office, Lakeside Hammers Speedway, Arena Essex Raceway, A1306 Arterial Road, Thurrock, Essex RM19 1AE. Full bank account details for direct payments will be available shortly.

The Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook stated: “There is so much shock and grief in the Speedway World at the loss of Lee that we have to turn that into something positive and we can all do no better than helping to financially support Emma and the boys. Hopefully all clubs all over the world will join with us in helping to make their future a little more secure. It’s the best way we can honour such a lovely man. Obviously Lee’s colleagues want to help and we will be talking with the top riders to find the best date for a meeting in Lee’s memory. ”

Respected track man Gerald Richter will oversee the initial stages of fundraising but the Club are keen that all those that wish to join in this effort should do so and the Club will be the point of payment with all funds going direct to Emma. Richter can be contacted on 07973 839056 or email at spdwy@hotmail.co.uk

The Hammers team will be back on track tonight (Wednesday) at Poole and they will hold a private meeting to remember Lee earlier in the day.

Fans attending this Friday’s home meeting at the Arena Essex Raceway against Swindon can sign a book of condolence plus leave floral tributes and donations at a specially prepared area in the Tavern Parade, which will include Lee’s bike. A full collection for Emma and the Boys will be taken during the course of the meeting.

Jon Cook continued: “The team wants to spend some time reflecting together and that’s why we have decided to get back racing tonight. We can all grieve alone in our different towns or countries but we are better off together as I know our fans will also want to be on Friday. Robbo (Stuart Robson) is coming down to replace Kim (Nilsson) this evening as Kim is in a Swedish Championship Qualifier today as we felt it totally inappropriate to use guests, which may have artificially strengthened our team. We will go on from this together for Lee.”

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