A CHARITY ride out from Stourton to Shropshire in memory of much-loved motorcyclist Elliott Beddow has raised more than £1,000.

Relatives and friends got their motors and motorcycles running for a ride out to the picturesque Carding Mill Valley on Sunday (July 30) to mark what would have been Elliott’s 21st birthday weekend.

The 20-year-old Harley Davidson rider (pictured below), an apprentice engineer from Bridgnorth Road, Stourton, tragically lost his life on September 3 last year after crashing his bike in Brettell Lane in the early hours.

Stourbridge News: Elliott Beddow

Fighting back the pain of losing the young motorcycling fan, who was a popular face at Katie Fitzgerald’s in Wollaston, his family wanted to do something to commemorate what would have been a milestone birthday for Elliott on July 27 and to do something for a charity he was fond of.

Motorcyclists and motorists turned out in droves to take part in the charity Ride for Elliott and £972 was raised on the day for Help for Heroes - smashing the original £500 target - but the fundraising figure has since crept up to just over £1,000.

Elliott's sister Sophie Webster, aged 26, said she had been taken aback by everyone's generosity and she added: "The support has been so touching. It's nice that he's not being forgotten."

Stourbridge News: Elliott Beddow. Photo: West Midlands Police.

She added: "Everyone enjoyed the ride." And she said the family would like to make the charity ride out an annual event each July to remember Elliott (pictured above) around his birthday and help raise cash for good causes

Anyone still wishing to make a donation to Help for Heroes in memory of Elliott can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elliottsride.

The site will be open for donations until around August 14.