A MOTORCYCLIST who organised a huge biker cavalcade across the Forth Road Bridge is to miss the historic event after suffering a road crash that will cost him his leg.
Kev Meldrum, 50, spent 18 months planning the charity ride that will see a 600-strong convoy pass over the crossing to mark its 50th anniversary celebrations.
But the veteran biker has been forced to withdraw just days before the ride after sustaining horrific leg injuries, a punctured lung and several cracked ribs in an accident in Aberdour.
Mr Meldrum is recovering in hospital but recently received the tragic news that his leg would have to be amputated.
Surgeons will remove the lower part of his left leg on Monday – the day after the mass charity ride he arranged.
Partner Leeanne Horsburgh, 41, said Mr Meldrum is preparing for a long stint in hospital and lengthy rehabilitation but will never give up his beloved hobby.
“He’s already talking about getting on a bike again – that’s his ultimate goal,” she said. “It depends on what prosthetics he gets but you can get bikes with hand controls.
“There’s a great deal of people out there with disabilities who can ride again. We know a few soldiers that have prosthetics so there’s going to be plenty of support and advice to help him get better.”
The Edinburgh motorcyclist was on his way to work as a customer executive at Virgin Media when he collided with a van which turned in front of him. A following taxi stopped at the crash scene and broke the news to childminder Leeanne who rushed to Kev’s bedside at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
“It’s one of those things,” she said. “I didn’t think it was very serious at first as he was conscious and talking. It was only talking to the hospital and hearing the injuries, that’s when you start to worry.”
It is the only major collision Kev has suffered in three decades riding motorbikes.
Ms Horsburgh said the traumatic crash would not deter him. “It’s a risk that every biker is aware of every time they go out on their bike,” she said. “An accident can happen to anyone at any time. He’s got a couple of operations that he’s obviously quite nervous about but mainly he’s determined that Sunday’s ride goes ahead for the kids’ charities.”
Friend and fellow biker Kenny Roger is now spearheading the biker rally taking place tomorrow at 10.30am
A huge cavalcade will ride south across the bridge before taking the South Queensferry exit and returning.
Mr Roger said: “It’s been months in the making with regular meetings as well as setting up a webpage and Facebook page. It’s a shame what has happened to Kev. He’ll definitely be back on a bike though.”
Another friend, Lorri Simpson, who also runs charity Cosmopolitan Events UK, said the ride would now go ahead as a tribute to Kev’s hard work – while raising money for Cash for Kids.
She said: “It’s such a shame Kev can’t take part after everything that he’s done to organise it. He’s a legend. He’ll be there in spirit and will take heart that everyone riding will be do it as a tribute to him.”