BMX duo hosting event for their paralysed pal

Charlie Bowles and Cameron McInnes
Charlie Bowles and Cameron McInnes

A pair of BMX bikers have helped arrange a fundraising event for their friend who had a life-changing accident.

Josh Hartley, 21, crashed his motocross bike in August, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

So Cameron McInnes and Charlie Bowles, both 17, are hosting a fundraiser for Josh at Buckingham Skate Park, where the three boys used to meet.

Cameron, who goes to Buckingham School and lives in Aris Way, said: “I remember Josh’s girlfriend messaged me to say he had broken his back.

“It wasn’t nice to hear, I didn’t like it, so I thought I wanted to do something to try and help.

“Josh is quiet but he’s a really nice guy and I know he’s coming down to the park for the event.”

Cameron has been planning the day with Charlie, from Calvert, for a couple of months as they bike up and down the park ramps most days of the week.

Cameron’s mum Alison has helped the pair book a food van as well as foot and mouth artist Keith Jansz, who will be painting on the day.

She said: “Josh is very humble and inspiring.

“He was a very well known character at the park so the boys felt they wanted to do something to help.

“It’s a casual event but they wanted to show Josh that people care.” Money raised on the day will support spinal research charity Wings For Life.

BMX bikers, scooter riders and skateboarders are encouraged to join the Ride to Raise event at the Bridge Street park on Saturday (9am-6pm) and pay a £2 entry fee.