The Joey Dunlop Foundation has launched a fundraising initiative to purchase a memorial bench in memory of Simon Andrews, who was killed at the North West 200 in May.
The 31-year-old from Evesham stayed at Braddan Bridge House on the Isle of Man on two occasions as he recovered from injuries and became close friends with the JDF team.
With the approval of Linda Dunlop, the charity – set up in memory of Joey Dunlop and which offers specialist facilities for visitors to the island and the TT races who are living with a disability – also has the blessing of Mr Andrews’ parents.
JDF representative Kevin Quirk said: “Simon stayed at Braddan Bridge house on two occasions and I had to admire his grit and determination in his efforts to recover from serious injury .
“Simon was a great supporter of the charity and arranged for JDF to attend an RAF show last summer; we hope to return again this year.
“A true sportsman and dedicated motorcyclist, we want to remember him and a bench will be placed next to the Martin Finnegan bench,” he added.
“The team offer their condolences to Simon’s family and thank them for approving this idea in what are difficult times.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the cost of the memorial bench can do so online by visiting the official website at www.joeydunlopfoundation.com.