Family of tragic Ipswich motorcyclist Duane Cook hold sponsored walk to pay for funeral

Duane Cook in 2007 with daughter Gemma

Duane Cook in 2007 with daughter Gemma

Family members of an Ipswich motorcyclist who died after a crash are to hold a sponsored walk this Saturday to help pay for his funeral.

Duane Cook (right) with his dad Barry

Duane Cook (right) with his dad Barry

Duane Cook, of King’s Way, Ipswich, lost his life on March 29 after a collision involving his Yamaha motorcycle and a Honda car.

The 42-year-old delivery driver for Next in Martlesham was near the Levington turn-off on the A1156 Felixstowe road when the tragedy occurred.

The fundraising walk will start in Campbell Road, Ipswich, from the home of Mr Cook’s father Barry and stepmother Val.

Mr Cook’s step-sister Kellie Crisp, of Whitton Church Lane, said: “We are walking from Campbell Road at 6pm.

“It could take us up to four hours to complete. We finish at Felixstowe beach near The Alex bar and Spa Pavilion end.

“We will be releasing sky lanterns and balloons in memory of Duane.

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“Anyone not taking part in the walk, but who would like to release balloons or lanterns is more than welcome to meet us at the end of the walk.”

The family has set up a Just Giving Crowdfunding page and have raised more than £1,100 so far.

Mr Cook’s death was the second family tragedy in six years. In March 2010, Mr Cook’s step-brother, and Kellie’s brother, Karl Crisp died suddenly from an aneurysm after being taken ill at his home in Landseer Road, Ipswich.

Mr Cook, a father-of-six with two grandchildren, and Mr Crisp were close friends.

After Mr Cook’s death his father. Barry, 66, said: “He was a lovable boy. He was always there if I wanted a hand.

“Duane was a good family man and a good son. He was no trouble and never asked for anything.”

Mrs Cook, 61, said of her stepson: “Duane was like another son. He would do anything for me if I phoned him, or if Barry was having problems he would be there.

“Duane always had that smile and infectious giggle. I can’t explain how much I’m going to miss him.”

If you would like to support the sponsored walk log on to www.justgiving.com and search for Duane Cook under the Crowdfunding pages.