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Dad defies the pain on epic bike ride in memory of tragic Beverley

TRAGIC singer Beverley O'Sullivan's dad was injured on a fundraising cycle ride for her charity.

Pop star Beverley (27), from Donaghmede, died in a car crash while on a trip in India in 2009.

Her partner Stephen Reeves was also a passenger in the car and was critically injured but survived.



PAINKILLERS

Beverley's friends and family took part in a gruelling challenge to cycle the length of Ireland -- from Malin Head to Mizen Head.

But even before they set off, Beverley's dad Owen tumbled off his bike, breaking a number of ribs.

He was determined to press on with his challenge, however, despite the injury. "On the Friday before they were due to leave, he came off his bike and broke his ribs," Beverley's mother Bernadine said.

"The doctors said, 'We're not telling you that you can't do it, but you'll be in a lot of pain.'

"So he took a lot of painkillers. He did find it hard but he was determined to finish it -- in Beverley's memory. It was really hard going for the 11 cyclists -- they were cycling for eight or nine hours a day.

"The weather was mixed but they finished up on a brilliant day -- Bev would have loved it."

The Beverley Butterfly Foundation was set up by her parents Bernadine and Owen and her younger brother, also called Owen. Every year, the organisation sends a proportion of its funds to the Indian hospital which battled to save the young singer's life. The remainder is donated to Irish charities.



EQUIPMENT

"We're in the process of buying equipment for the hospital," said Bernadine.

We've had a meeting with all the doctors and they gave us a list of what they wanted."

Bernadine added that although it had been two years since her beautiful daughter passed away, her friends constantly visited and relived memories of her

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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