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Biker Carol Carr lead toy and Easter egg runs for sick children at Southampton General Hospital
Updated 9:18am Thursday 20th February 2014 in News
SHE was the big-hearted biker renowned for her huge generosity and bubbly personality.
Carol “Bubbles” Carr spearheaded huge motorbike convoys delivering of thousands of presents and chocolates to generations of sick Hampshire children.
Last night the county’s biking community was still reeling in the wake of her tragic death in a rush-hour road smash in Southampton.
Ms Carr, who organised the annual Southampton Toy Run and Easter Egg Runs for nearly 30 years – was killed when her Yamaha 900 bike was in collision with a grey Vauxhall Insignia at the Moorhill Road and Southern Road junction in West End on Tuesday.
The 50-yearold from Sholing was rushed to Southampton G e n e r a l Hospital but died shortly afterwards from head injuries sustained in the crash at 8.47am.
The Vauxhall driver, a 33- year-old from Fareham, was uninjured and was released by police after being interviewed.
As reported, neighbours warned the road is an accident blackspot and demanded better safety measures to prevent further tragedies.
Last night riders held a vigil for Carol at the weekly bike night at one of her favourite pubs, The Bittern Pub in Thornhill Park Road.
Friends also left flowers and tributes on the roadside next to the junction with heartfelt messages.
Ms Carr – who worked as a nanny – began helping organise both toy runs in the early 1980s where convoys of bikers load up their vehicles with toys to take to Southampton G e n e r a l Hospital.
T h e Southampton Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) member and former Bulls Club rider was renowned for carrying her two pet rats Mr Snuffles and Chatterbox in her rucksack.
She regularly attended biking rallies across the country and as far away as the Shetland Islands and was due to arrange a huge biking reunion in Southampton next month.
Boyfriend Jay Willis, 47, from Bitterne, Southampton, said: “I have lost my best friend. She was a saint, one of the best people and always put everyone before herself.”
Jay talked about her love for animals, how she kept rats and two cats called Wallis and McGregor.
Yet her number one passion was riding bikes and she was part of the scene since a teenager.
He said: “She was the best rider I have ever known and the safest rider. She would not take any risks.”
Friend and biker Pete Mundy, 62, who has known her for 30 years said: “She was an amazing person with a really bubbly personality and that’s why we called her Bubbles.
“She did so much for the community in Southampton and if anyone deserved an MBE from the Queen it was her.
“Her life revolved around her bikes.
“As a biking community we are very tight and she will be missed by many people all over the country.”
Close friend Kirsty Darcy, 45, from Sholing, who has known her since she was 17, said: “We are all devastated.
“It still hasn’t sunk in yet.
“It’s so sad because when I was growing up she was always there for me and is part of my past.
“She would always give me a hug and a kiss when I saw her.
“She did so much for charity and was such a good person.”
Mark Young, 53, an ex-biker from Thornhill said: “You would never have met a nicer person.
“She was always trying to help everybody and was very special to all of us.”
Barmaid Leah Parkins, 36, from Thornhill, who has known her for three years said: “It’s so heartbreaking for her friends and family.
“She always had time to speak to people and she will be missed by many.”
Police investigating the crash are appealing for witnesses.
Contact Sgt Rob Heard on 101.
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