Campaign’s bid to remember ‘Cheek’

Joe Cannon aka 'Cheek' who died after a motorbike accident in Hucknall.
Joe Cannon aka 'Cheek' who died after a motorbike accident in Hucknall.

A campaign to raise funds in memory of a Hucknall teenager who died following a collision in Hucknall has already raised over £300.

But the indie-gogo bid to provide a permanent memorial to Joe Cannon, 16, who died two days after he was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van, still has some way to go before it reaches the £2,000 target.

In a statement, the founder of the campaign, Monisha Lindo said: “Joe Cannon, also known as ‘Cheek’, was in an accident and was left fighting for his life in hospital for two days but sadly he didn’t pull through.

“We are going to place a fundraiser to try and raise money for Joe’s funeral/headstone. As a community we want to raise funds for his funeral expenses.

“Anything you could or wish/want to help with would be very appreciated by Joe’s family, friends and the whole of the Hucknall community. This has devastated us all as its a tragic loss of a young life who was loved by so many people. Thank you.”

The tragedy took place at the junction of Shaw Crescent and Robin Hood Drive on Wednesday, 29 July. Emergency services were called at around 1.15pm and Joe was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre. He was pronounced dead early on Friday July 31.

Heartbroken family and friends held a roadside vigil to remember Joe, nickednamed ‘Cheek’, which was attended by hundreds of people in the days following his death.

Detectives from the East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit (EMSCIU) are continuing their work to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision. Witnesses are urged to call 101, quoting incident 360 of 29 July 2015.