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The parents of a teenage couple who died in a horrific motorbike crash have spoken of their gratitude after friends and relatives raised more than £2,000 in their memory.

Brad Cooper, 18, of Coxs Close, South Woodham Ferrers, and Abbey Parker, 17, of The Drive, Mayland, died in a crash with two tractors in Burnham Road, North Fambridge, on September 16.

Motorbike enthusiast Brad, an apprentice at Prospects College, in Basildon, was riding the bike he got for his 17th birthday, with Burnham hairdresser Abbey as his pillion passenger.

Family, friends and colleagues raised money for Essex Air Ambulance and St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon after the couple’s parents asked for donations rather than flowers at the funeral in October.

Some £1,054 was raised for Essex Air Ambulance, which relies solely on public donations to meet its monthly running costs of £250,000.

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