Cheek, a lovely lad, loved by everyone

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 has been launched to raise funds in memory of a Hucknall teenager who died following a collision in Hucknall last week.

Joe Cannon, 16, was involved in a collision between an off-road motorcycle and a Ford Transit van at the junction of Shaw Crescent and Robin Hood Drive on Wednesday, 29 July.

A roadside vigil to Joe Cannon

A roadside vigil to Joe Cannon

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.

Joe’s uncle Jaimie told the Dispatch how the former Holgate pupil had been just about to set up his own business pressure washing gutterings and driveways.

He said: “Cheek was evertything to his mum, It wasn’t like a mother-son relationship it was more like a friendship.

“He was well-known in the area and well respected. We are a really close family.”

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. Candles were lit to spell ‘Cheeky’ and tributes were left with messages. Family friend Lisa Bird said: “We are proud to be from the Ruffs estate. We know that if anybody needs anything we’re always here for each other.”

Jaimie said the driver of the van had been in touch with the family. He said: “The accident wasn’t any one’s fault and we are not blaming the driver.”

Detectives from the East Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit (EMSCIU) are continuing their work to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call 101, quoting incident 360 of 29 July 2015.