A fundraising effort in memory of popular road racer Martin Finnegan has been launched by the Joey Dunlop Foundation.
Finnegan, who died in a racing crash in 2008, was a great supporter of the foundation, which saw its decade-long ambition of creating special accommodation for visitors to the Isle of Man with disabilities realised last year.
Braddan Bridge House, built in memory of 26-times TT winner Joey, was officially opened during the 2010 TT. It is open all year round to anyone with disabilities or requiring specially-adapted accommodation while visiting the Island.
The foundation is keen for people to know it isn’t just for former racers and doesn’t just operate during the TT.
Now the foundation wants to recognise the work Finnegan did behind the scenes to help the charity by placing a bench in the garden of Braddan Bridge House.
Foundation trustee Kevin Quirk said:
“Many people are not aware that Martin was an ardent supporter of the Joey Dunlop Foundation. He attended many on-Island events travelling at his own expense and always provided items for auction.”
“When travelling to the Irish events, if we encountered any problems Martin would ensure that JDF had access to the paddock.”
“We would like to recognise Martin’s association with Joey’s charity. Following the approval of Martin’s widow, we propose to place a bench in our garden and are asking friends and fans of Martin to make a donation to assist with the cost.”
“All donors’ names will be recorded in a register that will be on display in our reception area alongside the Brick Sponsors Cards.”
If you would like to help, donations can be sent to Braddan Bridge House, Peel Road, Braddan, Isle of Man, IM4 4TN. Cheques should be made payable to Joey Dunlop Foundation.
For more information visit the Joey Dunlop Foundation website.