Cycle in memory of snowboarder nets £600 for charity

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A childhood friend of a Lavenham woman who died in a snowboarding accident has cycled 150 miles to raise money for a charity set up in her memory.

Emily “Mimi” Watts, from Bury Road, died in hospital in France in December after falling and becoming trapped in a snowdrift while in the ski resort of Chamonix.

Rescuers took nearly an hour to reach the 26-year-old and found she had suffered a heart attack caused by oxygen starvation.

On Sunday, Patrick Grant, who had known Emily since she was 14, cycled from Bury St Edmunds to Brighton in just over 10 hours.

“It was incredibly hard work with some dark moments but the support I had from everyone drove me on,” said Patrick, from Bury St Edmunds. “So far I think the total is about £600 and counting.”

Mr Grant said the cycle recreated the journey he had made 12 months ago to see Emily, when she was staying in Brighton.

The money will go to Good Story, a charity set up to help young people start up their own businesses after Mimi’s death.