Adam’s family keep hope alive for cycle route

AdamSmile Disco at Market Harborough Town Football Club for Leicestershire and Rutland Life. Sam Keenan, Chris Wake, Liam Wade, Ali Williams and Owen Davies
AdamSmile Disco at Market Harborough Town Football Club for Leicestershire and Rutland Life. Sam Keenan, Chris Wake, Liam Wade, Ali Williams and Owen Davies

The family of a teenager who died while cycling to school in Harborough are hopeful that a safe cycle route can be completed to honour his memory.

The Adam’Smile appeal was launched in 2006 after 13-year-old Welland Park College pupil Adam Mugridge was killed in a traffic accident in Lubenham while cycling to school.

Adam’s sister Lucie, who is now at university in Bedford, recently organised a disco party at Harborough Town Football Club, to raise further funds for the campaign.

It was held on what would have been’s Adam’s 22nd birthday and raised £1,200 for the cause, to add to the £100,000 that has already been raised by the community to back the appeal.

And Adam’s family and fellow campaign trustees are now hopeful that the safe route can be made a possibility in 2015.

Last October the campaigners took a different tack in a bid to bring it to fruition.

They launched an appeal for evidence that the old railway line between Lubenham and Harborough had been used as a footpath for years.

They hope to add the route to the Definitive Map of public rights of way – a legal document recording all footpaths, bridleways and byways.

Bill Johnston, one of the trustees, said: “Leicestershire and Northamptonshire County Councils, which are both keen to see the route established, are going through the process of designating it an official footpath – the first stage in realising our aim.”

Lucie added: “I decided to organise the disco as a reminder that we, as a charity, are still very much active in working towards our end goal.

“We are very fortunate that so many people are more than willing to help and huge thanks goes to Cheryl Gibson, of Harborough Town, and Tom, the DJ, for their time, use of venue and sound equipment.

“I then contacted local businesses asking if they would be willing to donate raffle prizes. I had an excellent response and managed to rustle up some brilliant prizes.

“More than 80 people turned up, a huge variety of young and old.

“It was great to see so many of Adam’s old friends there, most of who he met when at Welland Park College. It was lovely to catch up with them all and to see where they are with their lives, eight years on.”