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William Dunlop's legacy will benefit bereaved kids - partner Janine's charity plans

New charity revealed as rider enters Hall of Fame

By Claire Williamson

The heartbroken partner of tragic road racer William Dunlop has told of her plans to start a foundation to help children bereaved by the loss of a parent.

Janine Brolly spoke at the annual Cornmarket Motorcycle Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast, where William was posthumously inducted into the Irish Motorcycling Hall of Fame.

Janine, who has two children with William - Ella (2) and Willa Wren, born in September - accepted the award along with William's mum Louise. Janine was almost seven months pregnant when the 32-year-old rider was killed during practice for the Skerries 100 road races in Co Dublin on July 7.

Accepting the award, Janine spoke about William's legacy and said it was an honour to be at the event. "The legacy William's left as a sportsperson, and the way he's thought of, is due to the person behind the visor, because he was so special and he's missed so much," she said.

"And the legacy he's left is tremendous. And I now have the privilege of raising his two greatest legacies."

She said she was starting the William Dunlop Foundation for other children who had lost a parent. "I know that William's number one priority and his number one life goal was to be a father. And he was such a tremendous daddy. So his main concern would be the welfare of his children. And after William's accident, the support we received as a family, I don't think people will ever fully understand how vital that help was at the time, and how much I truly appreciate it.

"As Ella and Willa's mum, my job is to fix things and unfortunately I can't fix this for them, they've lost their daddy.

"And as tremendous as William was and the legacy that he's left is, they are missing out on a life with him.

"And unfortunately there is a lot of children who also are unfortunately in that position and maybe don't have the motorcycle community to support them.

"Hence, the foundation idea was born.

"Its main basis will be the support of children who have suffered the bereavement of a parent and hand-in-hand with that will be the support of the partner left behind, when their life has essentially been ripped from below them."

Louise added: "We are proud of all our boys, I'm extremely proud of Janine and the way she's coped, and the two little girls are beautiful and a credit. They are very like their daddy."

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