Biker Carol Carr lead toy and Easter egg runs for sick children at Southampton General Hospital

Daily Echo: Motorcyclist Carol Carr Motorcyclist Carol Carr

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.

Daily Echo:

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.

Daily Echo:

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.

Daily Echo:

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.

Daily Echo:

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.

Daily Echo:

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.”

Daily Echo:

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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9:00am Thu 20 Feb 14

lewissv says...

Very sad. A big loss. RIP.
Very sad. A big loss. RIP. lewissv

9:25am Thu 20 Feb 14

Dasal says...

Never knew Carol, but from all accounts she was one hell of a person with a very kind heart.
My condolences to all her friends and family at their sad loss.
May I respectfully suggest that future toy / easter egg runs be renamed the "Bubbles" runs in her memory.
RIP Carol.
Never knew Carol, but from all accounts she was one hell of a person with a very kind heart. My condolences to all her friends and family at their sad loss. May I respectfully suggest that future toy / easter egg runs be renamed the "Bubbles" runs in her memory. RIP Carol. Dasal

9:45am Thu 20 Feb 14

Grabul says...

I knew Bubbles for about 30 years, and I was there last night of course. I think renaming the toy run as the Bubbles Toy Run is a great idea.
I knew Bubbles for about 30 years, and I was there last night of course. I think renaming the toy run as the Bubbles Toy Run is a great idea. Grabul

10:07am Thu 20 Feb 14

Hornet600 says...

RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall!
RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall! Hornet600

10:18am Thu 20 Feb 14

Shmoo says...

I think I speak for everyone that knew Bubbles here when i say, We have not just lost a friend or a neighbour, We have lost a Sister...
Word cannot describe how much we are hurting and miss her... one of the most careful riders I know of and with a heart of pure gold...
I can honestly say, she did not have one bad bone in her body...
Life will never be the same without her...
As our neighbour, she was perfect, honest, funny, caring and always there if you needed her....
We just want her to come home...
My heart goes out to her family... They have lost a remarkable woman
I think I speak for everyone that knew Bubbles here when i say, We have not just lost a friend or a neighbour, We have lost a Sister... Word cannot describe how much we are hurting and miss her... one of the most careful riders I know of and with a heart of pure gold... I can honestly say, she did not have one bad bone in her body... Life will never be the same without her... As our neighbour, she was perfect, honest, funny, caring and always there if you needed her.... We just want her to come home... My heart goes out to her family... They have lost a remarkable woman Shmoo

11:33am Thu 20 Feb 14

Coppertoprich says...

Hornet600 wrote:
RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall!
Indeed, Bubbles Ball - excellent events - the fancy dress, the fun - never really took part in fancy dress before but thanks to her we did, and we got two year running prizes for Naughty Nuns, then Naughty Nurses. R.I.P. Bubbles, a new bright star in the sky.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet600[/bold] wrote: RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall![/p][/quote]Indeed, Bubbles Ball - excellent events - the fancy dress, the fun - never really took part in fancy dress before but thanks to her we did, and we got two year running prizes for Naughty Nuns, then Naughty Nurses. R.I.P. Bubbles, a new bright star in the sky. Coppertoprich

12:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Phil Drackley says...

I was one of the prize-winning Nuns that year. Never bothered with fancy dress before and haven't since, but it was a good party.
I always remember Bubbles's amazement she made it to Aberdeen every year for the Shetland ferry.
I was one of the prize-winning Nuns that year. Never bothered with fancy dress before and haven't since, but it was a good party. I always remember Bubbles's amazement she made it to Aberdeen every year for the Shetland ferry. Phil Drackley

12:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

judgetony says...

i came in to the station pub at 17 years old not knowing anyone and bubbles came over welcomed me and introdused me to every one that was 32years ago and have been on bikes since R.I.P. ride free for ever .
i came in to the station pub at 17 years old not knowing anyone and bubbles came over welcomed me and introdused me to every one that was 32years ago and have been on bikes since R.I.P. ride free for ever . judgetony

12:41pm Thu 20 Feb 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Sad loss for friends & the bikers that knew her . R I P x
Sad loss for friends & the bikers that knew her . R I P x SPIKEISLANDTRADER

2:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Hornet600 says...

Coppertoprich wrote:
Hornet600 wrote:
RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall!
Indeed, Bubbles Ball - excellent events - the fancy dress, the fun - never really took part in fancy dress before but thanks to her we did, and we got two year running prizes for Naughty Nuns, then Naughty Nurses. R.I.P. Bubbles, a new bright star in the sky.
Yep never forget winning as the Pink Ladies with Bubbles 😊 Good times!
[quote][p][bold]Coppertoprich[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet600[/bold] wrote: RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall![/p][/quote]Indeed, Bubbles Ball - excellent events - the fancy dress, the fun - never really took part in fancy dress before but thanks to her we did, and we got two year running prizes for Naughty Nuns, then Naughty Nurses. R.I.P. Bubbles, a new bright star in the sky.[/p][/quote]Yep never forget winning as the Pink Ladies with Bubbles 😊 Good times! Hornet600

6:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mike coll says...

So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave.
I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts.
So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave. I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts. mike coll

7:35pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gilbertratchet says...

mike coll wrote:
So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave.
I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts.
You're assuming the driver was at fault.
[quote][p][bold]mike coll[/bold] wrote: So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave. I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts.[/p][/quote]You're assuming the driver was at fault. gilbertratchet

8:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

S1-Gary says...

Just heard the news from Zana. I'm stunned and saddened by the loss of one of life's beautiful people. RIP Bubbles, you will live in my heart and memories forever.
Can someone keep me in the loop about the funeral? Big Gary. I can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn or the company name is tech-recycle (Google it)
Just heard the news from Zana. I'm stunned and saddened by the loss of one of life's beautiful people. RIP Bubbles, you will live in my heart and memories forever. Can someone keep me in the loop about the funeral? Big Gary. I can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn or the company name is tech-recycle (Google it) S1-Gary

9:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Reality-man says...

mike coll wrote:
So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave.
I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts.
There's always one!
[quote][p][bold]mike coll[/bold] wrote: So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave. I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts.[/p][/quote]There's always one! Reality-man

10:03pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Libra123 says...

Bubbles was our childminder / Nanny for many years when we were growing up. She was a remarkable woman and an amazing childminder. She was firm, but very fair and was a stickler for good manners and being polite. She was so grounded and would always go out her way to help others. I've so many fond memories of our time with her, she was so creative and organised and was always thinking of fun ways to keep us entertained. We loved hearing about her toy runs, bike trips and her Bubbles balls and she really did love her biking lifestyle. She was a huge influence on our upbringing and as we got older she became someone we could really talk to, a brilliant agony aunt who always pointed us in the right direction. Although we hadn't seen her for many years, we're so shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. I just hope she realised just how much we appreciated all she did for us and how she influenced us. Thank you, Bubbles, for everything. Sleep well and ride free. Xxx
Bubbles was our childminder / Nanny for many years when we were growing up. She was a remarkable woman and an amazing childminder. She was firm, but very fair and was a stickler for good manners and being polite. She was so grounded and would always go out her way to help others. I've so many fond memories of our time with her, she was so creative and organised and was always thinking of fun ways to keep us entertained. We loved hearing about her toy runs, bike trips and her Bubbles balls and she really did love her biking lifestyle. She was a huge influence on our upbringing and as we got older she became someone we could really talk to, a brilliant agony aunt who always pointed us in the right direction. Although we hadn't seen her for many years, we're so shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. I just hope she realised just how much we appreciated all she did for us and how she influenced us. Thank you, Bubbles, for everything. Sleep well and ride free. Xxx Libra123

10:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Audrey.51 says...

Sad News a big loss for everyone RIP Bubbles ♥
Sad News a big loss for everyone RIP Bubbles ♥ Audrey.51

10:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Audrey.51 says...

Sad News a big loss for everyone RIP Bubbles ♥
Sad News a big loss for everyone RIP Bubbles ♥ Audrey.51

10:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Audrey.51 says...

Sad News a big loss for everyone RIP Bubbles ♥
Sad News a big loss for everyone RIP Bubbles ♥ Audrey.51

11:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

latitude19 says...

A Stalwart of the Station Hotel all those years ago,
A true Humanitarian
Sadly Missed R.I.P.
A Stalwart of the Station Hotel all those years ago, A true Humanitarian Sadly Missed R.I.P. latitude19

9:47am Fri 21 Feb 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

The Bubbles Ball were great nights out, I remember them fondly. RIP sweet lady.
The Bubbles Ball were great nights out, I remember them fondly. RIP sweet lady. Tenderhearts wife

12:44pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Saza12 says...

Coppertoprich wrote:
Hornet600 wrote:
RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall!
Indeed, Bubbles Ball - excellent events - the fancy dress, the fun - never really took part in fancy dress before but thanks to her we did, and we got two year running prizes for Naughty Nuns, then Naughty Nurses. R.I.P. Bubbles, a new bright star in the sky.
Very sad to hear very special lady homed my pet rats and they had the most special home and person to take care of them I'm glad that I got to know you bubbles and it is so devasting and shocking that you are no longer with us but god has a special soul now we will all miss you love Sarah and Pauline of whiteley
[quote][p][bold]Coppertoprich[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornet600[/bold] wrote: RIP Bubbles! It's been a long time but I remember the good times at the Station Pub and all the Toy Runs and Bubbles Ball's in the Guildhall![/p][/quote]Indeed, Bubbles Ball - excellent events - the fancy dress, the fun - never really took part in fancy dress before but thanks to her we did, and we got two year running prizes for Naughty Nuns, then Naughty Nurses. R.I.P. Bubbles, a new bright star in the sky.[/p][/quote]Very sad to hear very special lady homed my pet rats and they had the most special home and person to take care of them I'm glad that I got to know you bubbles and it is so devasting and shocking that you are no longer with us but god has a special soul now we will all miss you love Sarah and Pauline of whiteley Saza12

12:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

hilary3 says...

So sorry to hear the news, my family grew up with Bubbles, we shared her as a nanny for several years, and have many fond memories of activities especially Christmas time and murals on the windows.hopefully any arrangements will be posted so we can come along and again so sorry what a loss
So sorry to hear the news, my family grew up with Bubbles, we shared her as a nanny for several years, and have many fond memories of activities especially Christmas time and murals on the windows.hopefully any arrangements will be posted so we can come along and again so sorry what a loss hilary3

4:18am Sat 22 Feb 14

st.john's says...

It was very sad to hear of the death of Carol. I knew her from when she was born and as she grew up into her teens when she developed her love of motorbikes. She would turn up at S.J.A.B. meetings on her bike always with a big smile on her face, very laid back(that dates me). I can understand where she got her name of Bubbles. It is many years since I have seen her but my heart goes out to her family, Jay Willis and all her friends who are going to miss her so much. Ride on Carol.
It was very sad to hear of the death of Carol. I knew her from when she was born and as she grew up into her teens when she developed her love of motorbikes. She would turn up at S.J.A.B. meetings on her bike always with a big smile on her face, very laid back(that dates me). I can understand where she got her name of Bubbles. It is many years since I have seen her but my heart goes out to her family, Jay Willis and all her friends who are going to miss her so much. Ride on Carol. st.john's

11:54am Sat 22 Feb 14

e3steve says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
mike coll wrote:
So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave.
I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts.
You're assuming the driver was at fault.
None if us has an idea of exactly how this tragedy happened. None of us was there.

As a biker, and as a skilled, trained and professional driver, I can honestly state that most UK car drivers are reasonably observant when it comes to "Thinking Bike".

I can equally as honestly state that many bikers can exhibit irresponsible riding techniques, particularly when passing between cars in traffic queues. This wasn't such a situation.

You need only look at the photo to observe how this unfolded: the image clearly shows the Insignia's road-position cutting the corner; a poor skill and a dangerous practice.

The driver was questioned and released; this action merely dictates that he was not under the influence. His release will have been allowed pending police experts' investigations at the scene. He will have, no doubt, complained the "she was riding too fast". The road is a 40mph limit -- 40 *is* too fast; not too fast for Moorhill Road but it certainly is too fast for over three hundred kilos of mass (bike & rider) to decelerate from to a near-instant state of inertia. Damage evidence and distance calculation is a known science. The speed of impact will be calculable within 0.7m/sec -- 1mph.

The speed of the rider's progress notwithstanding, the driver's attention was either diverted or he "thought he could make it" into Southern Road.

Go figure.....
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike coll[/bold] wrote: So here we have biker of some 30 years standing, a fund raiser, and by all accounts according to the posts an all round good egg of which the U.K needs more of. And what will the driver get, 1 years ban suspended for two years, maybe a fine of a few hundred pounds and perhaps a bit of community service, but it wont be the helping of others over tens of years that the victim clearly gave. I drive and I ride but when someone can remove another person for the sake of saving ten, fifteen or twenty seconds by rushing across the road and the penalty is minimal, there is something wrong with our courts.[/p][/quote]You're assuming the driver was at fault.[/p][/quote]None if us has an idea of exactly how this tragedy happened. None of us was there. As a biker, and as a skilled, trained and professional driver, I can honestly state that most UK car drivers are reasonably observant when it comes to "Thinking Bike". I can equally as honestly state that [italics]many[/italics] bikers can exhibit irresponsible riding techniques, particularly when passing between cars in traffic queues. This wasn't such a situation. You need only look at the photo to observe how this unfolded: the image clearly shows the Insignia's road-position cutting the corner; a poor skill and a dangerous practice. The driver was questioned and released; this action merely dictates that he was not under the influence. His release will have been allowed pending police experts' investigations at the scene. He will have, no doubt, complained the "she was riding too fast". The road is a 40mph limit -- 40 *is* too fast; not too fast for Moorhill Road but it certainly is too fast for over three hundred kilos of mass (bike & rider) to decelerate from to a near-instant state of inertia. Damage evidence and distance calculation is a known science. The speed of impact will be calculable within 0.7m/sec -- 1mph. The speed of the rider's progress notwithstanding, the driver's attention was either diverted or he "thought he could make it" into Southern Road. Go figure..... e3steve

6:46pm Sat 22 Feb 14

paulrnewbery says...

very sorry to hear this, brings back memories of when my my brother was killed last year in a biking accident and was flown to southhampton hospital but there was nothing they could do. My thoughts are with everybody involved
very sorry to hear this, brings back memories of when my my brother was killed last year in a biking accident and was flown to southhampton hospital but there was nothing they could do. My thoughts are with everybody involved paulrnewbery

10:16pm Sun 23 Feb 14

T.Maire says...

never met you, but feel like I know you....
Ps if I am doing stuff wrong, I hope you will let me know!
T.x
never met you, but feel like I know you.... Ps if I am doing stuff wrong, I hope you will let me know! T.x T.Maire

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