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Memorial bike ride and fundraiser set up for Minster teen, Mally Conway, two years after his death


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The friends and family of a 14-year-old boy who died suddenly two years ago are hosting a memorial ride for what would have been his 17th birthday.

Malakai Conway, who was known to most as Mally, died on Friday, July 3, 2020, after collapsing at his home in Minster on Sheppey.

Mally Conway, from Minster, would've been 17 in July
Mally Conway, from Minster, would've been 17 in July

Family friend Matt Ashenden has arranged a third memorial ride due to take place on Saturday, July 16 - the third in Mally’s honour.

The 33-year-old from Minster, said: “Mally was a friend of the family.

“He was a cheeky laddy, just a nice guy with a heart condition.

“The day he died he was sitting with my brother, Zack, who is now 22, playing on the computer, no pains, nothing.

“Then he stood up to make a Pot Noodle, as one does, and just collapsed.”

Mally Conway died when he was just 14-years-old
Mally Conway died when he was just 14-years-old

Mally’s sister, Michelle Conway, said her brother had been born with congenital heart disease and had undergone three open heart surgeries, the first when he was just three weeks old.

“He was fit and healthy other than his heart condition,” she said.

“You’d never have thought anything was wrong with him. He was a happy-go-lucky boy.”

Almost two weeks after Mally’s death it would have been his 15th birthday, so because of his love of motorbikes, a number of bikers gathered in his memory for the first time.

A GoFundMe page was also set up to help the family pay for Mally’s headstone.

Bikers will be returning to Sheppey to mark Mally Conway's 17th birthday. Picture: John Nurden
Bikers will be returning to Sheppey to mark Mally Conway's 17th birthday. Picture: John Nurden

Ever since, Matt and Mally’s families have arranged something similar every year.

Matt said: “In 2020 the remembrance ride was attended by all of Mally’s family.

“There was even a singing tribute for him and at the last memorial ride 400 bikes showed up.

“This year we’d just like people to show their support.

“I’m a motorcyclist myself and I ride in with them, it is nice to see people clapping and remembering him.”

Bikers descending on Sheppey to mark what would have been the 15th birthday of Mally Conway. Picture: John Nurden
Bikers descending on Sheppey to mark what would have been the 15th birthday of Mally Conway. Picture: John Nurden

In Mally’s memory Matt has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

He added: “The first time round people wanted to donate for Mally’s headstone and then the following year we didn’t have one.

“However, people have asked for somewhere to donate money to, that is why I started the fundraiser for the NHS, it is like a full circle.”

The gentle ride will start at Detling Diner at 1.30pm to Mally’s house in Prince Charles Avenue.

Photographers will be along the route and refreshments from Rossi ice cream van and Sue’s Catering burger van will also be available.

Bikers gathering in Prince Charles Avenue, Minster, to mark what would have been the 15th birthday of Mally Conway. Picture: Ben Pointing of Sheppey Traffic and Travel
Bikers gathering in Prince Charles Avenue, Minster, to mark what would have been the 15th birthday of Mally Conway. Picture: Ben Pointing of Sheppey Traffic and Travel

Matt finished: “Everyone is invited to come and show your support to the bikers.”

Ron Conway, Mally’s father, also wanted to thank all those involved.

The 65-year-old said: “We’re really greatful for everything the bikers are doing and for everyone donating to the GoFundMe page.

“Thank you to everyone involved.”

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