Bike fundraiser in memory of fatal dog attack victim Jade Lomas Anderson
A NEIGHBOUR of tragic Jade Lomas Anderson, the schoolgirl killed in a dog attack earlier this year, aims to cycle from Manchester to London next month in Jade’s memory.
Royston Brett, aged 41, of Everest Road, Atherton, wants to raise £2,000 to £3,000 to help fund Jade’s family’s campaign against dangerous dogs.
Mr Brett is hoping to arrive in London on October 15, the same day as the report stage of The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill.
He said: “If there’s anybody out there who could sponsor me, whether it’s a company or a group of people, it would be much appreciated.”
On March 26, Jade was mauled to death by four dogs while at her friends’ house in Chaucer Grove, Atherton.
A woman has since been charged with animal cruelty offences.
Under current laws, owners of dogs which are involved in fatal incidents can only be sent to prison for a maximum of two years.
Mr Brett’s journey is due to start at the Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City Football Club, who Jade supported.
Once he gets to London, Mr Brett intends to speak to a minister to discuss the issue of dangerous dogs.
He said: “Jade was always friendly, she always had a bubbly smile and a friendly approach.
“It was such a shock when I heard the news. This bike ride is my way of giving something to the family and honouring her memory.”
Jade’s stepfather Michael, aged 34, said: “We just can’t thank Royston enough. It’s fantastic that he’s doing this. A quarter of a million people were attacked by dogs last year. The issue of dangerous dogs needs to be alive and kicking in the public eye.”
Julie Hilling, MP for Bolton West, who has campaigned for tougher action on dangerous dogs, gave Mr Brett’s proposed bike ride her full backing.
She said: “It’s a great idea. It’s good to see someone in the community who wants to raise the issue. I would like to congratulate Mr Brett for his efforts.
“Dog attacks are a very serious issue in community and there are too many people who are suffering life changing injuries.
“We have to do something to prevent these attacks happening in the first place. We need the government to listen to us and introduce dog safety measures.”
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