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Friends raise funds to pay for funeral of Preston biker Karl Chester

Karl Chester.
Karl Chester.
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Friends of a Preston motorcyclist who died on the M62 motorway are raising funds to help pay for his funeral costs.

Married dad-of-three Karl Chester, 36, died on Good Friday after his silver Aprilia motorbike collided with a blue Nissan Qashqai close to the exit slip road at Junction 22, at around 11:25am.

Karl Chester (second from left) with wife Karen and three children Paige, Harry and Xander.

Karl Chester (second from left) with wife Karen and three children Paige, Harry and Xander.

He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Now, one of his good friends, Ryan Allsopp, has set up a Just Giving page to raise £350 to go towards the funeral.

The target has already been hit and stands at more than £500 as of today (Wednesday, April 4).

Ryan, who lives in Lincolnshire and has known Karl for more than a decade, said he is just doing his bit to relieve pressure on Ryan’s widow, Karen.

Ryan said: “As friends we want to help Karen and the kids to send Karl off the best way possible.”

Scores of tributes have been left on the JustGiving page.

Liam Winder said: “It was an honour to know and work with you.”

John Porter said: “Going to miss you Karl, life ain’t going to be the same without you. RIP my friend.”

Karl’s wife Karen, landlady of Barneys Piano Bar in Church Street, said: “He was absolutely loved by many. He has only left our sight, he will always ride strong in our hearts.

“Sleep tight my love and ride free.”

You can donate to the funeral fund can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ryan-allsopp.