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Tragic Norfolk motorcyclist saves five lives

PUBLISHED: 14:27 12 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:25 01 July 2010

Selina Baillie with a picture pf her brother Josh who died in a motorbike accident.

Selina Baillie with a picture pf her brother Josh who died in a motorbike accident.

David Bale

A tragic motorcyclist was hailed a lifesaver today after it emerged five people are still alive and one baby can see thanks to the donor card he carried with him.

A tragic motorcyclist was hailed a lifesaver today after it emerged five people are still alive and one baby can see thanks to the donor card he carried with him.

Father of three Mark Boast, 29, suffered serious head injuries in a road crash and died in hospital the following day.

His family said today it was some consolation to them that his organs had been used to save the lives of five people and to give eyesight to a baby.

His wife Louise, 30, said: “That's the type of person he was. I don't know why he decided to become a donor but he would do anything for anyone.

“All the five people who are still alive thanks to him are from the same age group, 18-30, as he was. His lung and his two kidneys saved three lives, and his liver, which will grow back, was cut in half to save two people. And then a little part of his eye was used for the baby.”

She said he was a “proper family man” who loved his three girls Georgie, nine, Ashleigh, seven, and Serena, four, who are now tragically fatherless.

She added: “He loved me and the girls so much, even more than his favourite bikes.

“He was funny, crazy, and always happy. He was very easy-going and generous.”

The family, from Chapelfield, Freethorpe, near Acle, has asked for donations at next week's funeral to be split equally between the Norwich-based children's bereavement charity, Nelson's Journey, and the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity.

Mrs Boast added: “My friend lost her little boy and Nelson's Journey looked after them, and with our situation they can maybe help us.”

Sophie Berry, funding officer at Nelson's Journey, said the money raised through donations would help it continue its therapeutic work with children, such as the Boast girls, who have lost a close family member.

She said: “It's really thoughtful of the family to think of us at such a difficult time, and it never ceases to amaze me how generous people can be to charities at such situations.”

Mr Boast's blue Honda was involved in a head-on collision with a white Renault in Stonehouse Road, Salhouse near Wroxham, close to the junction with the B1140, at about 5.20pm on April 29. He died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital the next day.

Mr Boast was a panel beater at Nationwide Crash Repairs, in Fifers Lane. He attended Acle High School and was married at Reedham Church in December 2001.

The family said he loved canoeing, camping holidays with his family in Scratby, near Yarmouth, and going out for walks with his girls. He also loved swimming and every Sunday the family attended a pool at Fleggburgh together.

Mr Boast is survived by father Colin Boast, who lives in Brundall, and brother Jason Boast, from Reedham.

His mother Janet died when he was just 17, and the family said he was now “reunited” with her.

Mr Boast's tragic death comes less than a month after another motorcyclist and donor, Gino Zagni, 44, died in hospital four days after being involved in a road crash.

Three people are still alive thanks to Mr Zagni, from Kiln Road, Horsford, who was involved in an accident on the morning of Sunday, April 4.

The funeral will be held at St Faith's Crematorium at 11am on Wednesday, May 19. Family flowers only, but donations for Gordon Barber Donations Account (to be divided equally between Nelson's Journey and East Anglian Air Ambulance), may be sent c/o Gordon Barber Funeral Home, 2 St Williams Way, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich NR7 0AW.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or saw the driving of either vehicle before the collision should contact PC Keith Wiseman, serious collision investigation team, on 0845 456 4567.

For more information visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk or www.eastanglianairambulance.org.uk.

You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by filling in a form online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk, calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 1232323 or by texting SAVE to 841118.

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