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It follows a plea from Jozef’s family for as many bikers as possible to join his funeral procession.

The biker community from Cornwall and beyond came out in force this morning to escort a courageous 12-year-old on his final journey. CornwallLive reported earlier this week how the family of Jozef Stasiak put a plea out for as many bikers in Cornwall as possible to ride with him to his funeral.

Jozef and his twin Jacob were born after fighting twin to twin transfusion and were very sick from birth. After a hard fight, their parents Heidi and Dom lost Jacob and now have lost Jozef too.

Jozef faced many complex medical needs throughout his life, from epilepsy to being tube-fed and not being able to see. Over the years he had so many operations the list is endless.

He passed away last week and the family, from Carnon Downs near Truro said they would love for as many bikers as possible to turn up to escort Jozef to his funeral at Budock Church near Falmouth on Christmas Eve.

This morning hundreds of bikers gathered at Carnon Downs and followed the hearse along the route. The spectacle was the perfect send-off to Jozef and was watching by huge crowds along the way.

Jozef’s coffin was transported in an adapted motorbike and side car and gathered bikers revved their engine in tribute to the inspirational young chap.

Everybody in attendance was in agreement that this was the perfect farewell to a brave young boy.

Christian Wicks-Lightfoot wrote on Facebook: “A massive thank you to everyone, all the riders attending, Falmouth football club, the Jennings run marshals, David Saunby and anyone who helped organise and run the day.

“Also a massive thank you to the public for turning out to see the ride and to those patiently waiting in traffic who’ve had there’s journey’s delayed but waited patiently for the procession to go. Warm love to Jozefs family I hope we all did you proud.”

Duane Shaky Bullocke added: “A very sad day, but a marvelous community spirit all pulling together from the fantastic bikers, Falmouth Town Football Club and CJ’s in Budock for the parking, and refreshments for the bikers. I can’t even begin to imagine what the family must be feeling today, but I hope they can take comfort from everyone who cared played a fantastic part. And a big Shout out to Batman, (Daniel) and Robin who lead the procession along the sea front. A massive thank you to Dave Saunby for the organisation of the bikers. God Bless you all.xx”

Jozef, who switched the Christmas lights on in Falmouth in 2019, also loved animals and his parents and siblings would smuggle their smaller pets in to see him in hospital despite it not being allowed, including a rabbit and on one occasion a litter of puppies.

 

Source: cornwalllive.com, Chris Matthews

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