Leigh biker first to pass driving course in memory of crash victim

The Bolton News: Geoff Kelly from Warrington Advanced Motorists and Andy Evans after he passed the Skill For Life course Geoff Kelly from Warrington Advanced Motorists and Andy Evans after he passed the Skill For Life course

A 19-YEAR-OLD Leigh biker has become the first to pass an advanced driving course using cash from a fund set up in memory of a teenage motorcyclist who died in a fatal crash.

Andy Evans, of Moreton Drive, completed the ‘Skill For Life’ qualification which teaches greater awareness of dangers on the road.

Half of the £140 course was paid for with money from the Jack Bellis Fund, a pot of cash raised in memory of a 19-year-old biker from Warrington who died in a collision with a car last year.

Andy, who has been riding since the age of 16, said: “I did it to become a more advanced rider and be safer on the roads.

“I had to learn the right lines to go through corners, ride at speed and be more aware.

“Motorcyclists are a lot more vulnerable than other road users – the wrong line in the wrong road conditions can cause you to crash.

“Most of the course was paid for and I’ve already recommended it to all my friends.”

Tony Rich, aged 43, set up the fund, after raising £3,500 in events like the Greater Manchester Marathon.

The cash was donated to Warrington Advanced Motorists, where the Institute of Advanced Motorists accredited course is carried out.

Tony said: “It’s very satisfying for the first person to pass as it is keeping the legacy of Jack alive for his family.

“The course won’t guarantee that you will stay safe, but it might just save your life.”

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