For Mimi – friend’s Bury St Edmunds to Brighton fund-raiser in memory of Lavenham snowboarder

Patrick Grant is cycling from Bury to Brighton to raise money for the charity  Good Story and in memory of Lavenham snowboarder Emily 'Mimi' Watts who died after an accident in the French alps. ''FL: Patrick Grant
Patrick Grant is cycling from Bury to Brighton to raise money for the charity Good Story and in memory of Lavenham snowboarder Emily 'Mimi' Watts who died after an accident in the French alps. ''FL: Patrick Grant

A friend of a Lavenham snowboarder who died after a fall in the French alps in December, is undertaking a charity bike ride in her memory.

Emily ‘Mimi’ Watts, who was 26, and a former pupil of St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds, died after the accident in the popular ski resort of Chamonix in the French Alps.

She fell and was buried in a snowdrift.

It took rescuers almost an hour to reach her and by that time she had suffered a heart attack caused by oxygen starvation.

Doctors in French hospital switched off her life support with her family at her side.

Now her friend Patrick Grant is preparing to raise money for a charity set up in her memory.

“Mimi was a very good friend of mine,” Patrick said.

“I knew her since I was about 14.

“She was one of my closest friends and I’m close to her family as well.

“She was living down in Brighton last year, when I took a couple of days to bike down to see her.”

Now Patrick plans to cycle the 150 mile route from Bury to Brighton via London in one day.

“I thought what a great way to remember her by recreating the journey a year on and raising money for her charity.

“The ride, between two of her favourite places, Bury St Edmunds and Brighton, will raise money in aid of the fantastic charity set up in her honour.”

Before she died Mimi had planned to launch her own snowboarding label for women under the name ‘Good Story Clothing’.

In tribute, her family started a charity in her name called Good Story with the primary purpose to nurture creative talent by helping young people find funding and advice to start up their own businesses.

“In her journey towards launching her label, Mims was often overwhelmed by the complexity of turning her amazing designs into a profitable venture.

“Advice and support was hard to come by and a lot of it tended to be conflicting and confusing,” Patrick said.

“Realising this was a common problem Good Story was set up to assist with the aim of offering funding and advice for young, talented and creative people.”

Patrick will undertake the challenge on June 30 and will be wearing special Good Story cycling lycras.

Donations can be sent directly through the website at http://goodstory.org.uk/.

Please reference BBBR in the special instructions box when donating.

There is also a Facebook page – search for Good Story – Bury to Brighton.