Funeral home’s appeal to help save motorcyclists’ lives

Our Funeral Director and motorcycle enthusiast Sam Massey is appealing for donations of old motorcycle helmets, to help train firefighters how to safely remove a helmet following an accident.

Sam has already collected more than 20 motorcycle helmets for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Sam said: “Being an avid biker and in the funeral profession, I’ve heard it’s very difficult to remove a motorcycle helmet safely following an accident, which if done incorrectly could result in a more serious injury or death.

“My hope is that by providing the fire service with old motorcycle helmets, those who are required to remove one will be able to do so safely and correctly after receiving hands-on training, helping to prevent further injury.”

Helmets are being donated from across Greater Manchester, people are dropping them in to Raymond Massey in Dukinfield, and two local businesses are also supporting the appeal.

“Motorcycle accessory shops usually offer money off a helmet if they trade in their old one, so rather than recycling them to scrap, J&S Accessories, Openshaw and Ducati Manchester are giving them to us which we really appreciate,” said Sam.

“I recently donated my first 20 helmets to the fire service and they were extremely grateful. We hope that, if the appeal gains momentum, we will be able to donate to the police and ambulance services too.”

Clinical Quality Manager from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Verna Evans, said: “We provide casualty care training both theoretically and practically for all our operational firefighters.

“The extra resources being provided by Raymond Massey Funeral Directors will now enable all Fire Stations to train on the correct technique for motorcycle helmet removal more frequently. We are very grateful to Sam for using his initiative in contacting us.”

Sam is welcoming motorcycle helmet donations at his branch until at least the end of the year.