Thousands donated for accident victim

MORE than £10,000 has been donated to charity in a fitting memorial to a dearly-beloved son. The parents of Jonny Brand, 29, who was killed when he was walking along the A14 after an evening out with friend, have spoken for the first time of their 'lovely, funny and caring' son.

MORE than £10,000 has been donated to charity in a fitting memorial to a dearly-beloved son.

The parents of Jonny Brand, 29, who was killed when he was walking along the A14 after an evening out with friend, have spoken for the first time of their 'lovely, funny and caring' son.

Since his death in December last year, more than £10,000 has been donated to the St John's Ambulance and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Jonny's mother, Steph, a former Citizens Advice Bureau manager who lives in Great Blakenham, said: “He lived for his moto-cross - that was what he loved, bikes were his passion.

“It's quite a dangerous sport and that is why we chose these two charities, because they support moto-cross.

“He was a lovely, funny and very caring man who would have been 30 this year. His friends clearly adored him and we loved him to pieces. We feel very lucky to have had Jonny in our lives.”

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Jonny, from Claydon, near Ipswich, had been hugely popular and more than 550 people attended his funeral in the Barham village church of St Mary's and St Peter's after his death.

The 29-year-old had been a passionate moto-cross competitor, taking part in races across East Anglia and had been a member of the Woodbridge and District Motorcycle Club.

His father Graham Brand, a joint owner of the family business, said: “The boy was a character and we miss him so much. We like to think that how much has been given in his memory, shows just how much people loved him.”

Mr Brand grew up in Great Blakenham and attended St Margaret's Primary School in Ipswich and St Joseph's College before attending Suffolk College to do a business course.

He worked at the family business Jack Brand Ltd, a poultry factory based at Great Blakenham, which has been operating for 100 years.

Mr Brand was in collision with two cars on the road near the Whitehouse turn off just before 2.30am on Sunday December 2.

n. Police are still keen to hear from any witnesses to the fatal accident. Anyone with any information should call Pc Paul Carr at Suffolk police on 01473 613500.