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Essex ride to Newark Showground held in memory of motorcycle-loving victim Grace O’Malley Kumar

Riders will make a 100-plus mile journey to Newark on Sunday (May 19) in a bid to honor the memory of motorcycle-loving Grace O’Malley Kumar.

Grace O’Malley Kumar was murdered in Nottingham in June 2023 by Valdo Calocane – a shocking incident in which Barnaby Webber and Ian Coates also lost their lives.

The Charity Bike and Car Ride for Grace will leave North Weald Airfield in Essex at around 11am, arriving at Newark Showground.

Grace O’Malley Kumar

Organized by David Merry, it will raise money for the Grace O’Malley Kumar Foundation, which was set up to fund the medical student’s causes that embodied her values ​​– as well as to keep her memory alive.

David has been friends with Grace’s family for nearly 20 years, as he worked with her father, Dr. Sanjoy Kumar, when he was a police doctor.

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David is a working Metropolitan Police officer and Dr Kumar has opened a covid vaccination center in Waltham Forest – with David running the operation.

“While I was there, Grace was telling me that she felt safe that I was there on duty,” David said.

He added: “I promised Grace that no matter what time of day I would always be there for her, unfortunately on June 13th 2023 I failed her by not being there for her when this horrific attack happened. “

Motorcycles and cars can take part in the ride.

The gates to North Weald Airfield will open at 8am, giving riders and walkers the opportunity to have refreshments available at the stands.

At the Newark Showground there will be refreshment stands, motorbike stands, a DJ stage and a raffle during the event.

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Some of the businesses that have contributed to the raffle prizes include Honda Motorbikes Nottingham, ITS Tools, Waltham Cross motorbikes, Bacons Kawasaki Romford, Honda Romford, Apex 66, J&S accessories and Essex Allure beauty and tanning.

“Grace had a special bond with motorcycles, especially her beloved Vespa. Let’s come together as a cycling community to make this a truly special day for her family and ensure that Grace’s memory lives on in a way that would make her proud,” added David.

Grace was a dedicated medical student and a member of the England hockey team.

Grace O’Malley-Kumar was studying medicine (Nottinghamshire Police/PA)

Entry to the premises is from midday and spectators pay £5 (free for children under 16 and adults over 65).

To take part in the Remembrance Ride itself and support the cause, you need to pay an entry fee of £10 per bike or £15 if riding with a passenger. The same rules apply to car drivers and their passengers.

Other riders and drivers from across the country can join the ride from outlying locations, including a meeting point at Peterborough Services – the junction of the A1(M) and A605 – at around 1pm.

The latter route is recommended for learners who wish to participate.

David said: “I just want the day to be a huge success for Grace’s family and to raise as much money as possible for the foundation set up in Grace’s name.

“The type of lady Grace was, she would have been the first to help and contribute to this type of event and she would have tried to support anyone where she could.”

People wishing to purchase a ticket for the event or sign up as a rider can do so at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/grace-omalley-kumar-foundation.

Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes will unveil one of its bikes in Grace’s name at the Newark Showground. Grace’s parents and brother will also attend the event to show their appreciation to all the participants and supporters of the cause.

Vertu Honda Nottingham is the main sponsor of the event at Newark Showground.

Some of the raffle prizes include: Vertu Honda car rental services; ITS Tools £500 worth of tools; Waltham Cross Motorcycles Alpine Motorcycle Jacket £250; Bacons East Bacons east London Kawasaki £200 store voucher; Essex Thurrock Industrial Services socket set £200; Apex 66; J&S accessories Nottingham donated a £50 store voucher; Essex Allure Sunbed beauty and tanning voucher from Essex allure half-hour session on the sunbed; RTS Roofing Materials Walthamstow donated £200 and Bloomin Lovely Garden Chingford donated £100.