A group of motorcycle enthusiasts are paying tribute to their friend who died from cancer by raffling his restored Harley Davidson bike in aid of Oakhaven Hospice.
Pete Welland, a popular member of The End Motorcycle Club, was also a much-loved character at ExxonMobil Fawley, having worked at the site for several years as an ExxonMobil C4 operator.
Sadly, Pete passed away in June last year after a long-term battle with liver cancer. He was 63. During his illness, Pete had support from Oakhaven hospice in Hampshire through its home care service. To thank the hospice for caring for Pete during his final days, members of The End MC decided to restore his beloved 1995 Harley Davidson 1200cc Sportster and raffle it off in aid of the hospice.
Mark Pedersen, Altrad’s Site SHEQT Safety Adviser, is a fellow motorcycle club member and was close friends with Pete for 30 years. He said: “Pete wanted us to do something to raise awareness of the great work Oakhaven does and the ongoing need to keep funding this wonderful service.
“The club has taken Pete’s old Harley Davidson and totally restored it back to new with the help of many local motorcycle shops who wanted to show their support for this project. We are selling tickets to win the bike at £5 each in the hope that we can raise £10,000 for the hospice.”
Pete’s wife Dawn is fully behind the fundraising. She said: “It’s wonderful, a great team effort. Pete was adamant that he was not going into a hospice and Oakhaven made sure that wasn’t a problem with their hospice at home service. Pete stayed at home right to the end, cared for by their wonderful team.
Raffle tickets are on sale now and can be purchased until April next year when Dawn will pick the winning ticket at a special Southampton bike night at the Southampton Bargate. Mark said: “Pete was a lovely bloke and many people at Fawley would have known him. We would really like to raise this £10,000 in his memory, so if you can spare £5 for a great cause, please buy a ticket. Cancer does not discriminate – it can affect anyone of us at any time. Dawn and Pete had amazing support from Oakhaven at an incredibly difficult time. We’d like to give something back to say thank you.”
To buy a raffle ticket, contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 02380 884957. To find out more about The End MC and the Oakhaven fundraiser, go to its Facebook page at TheEndMotorcycleClub.