Photographer Susan’s charity goal

Susan Rigby
Susan Rigby

A SNAP-happy Wigan bike fan who is battling serious illness is using her skill behind the shutter to boost good causes.

Susan Rigby - who hopes to take up the challenge of motorcycling sprinting in the near future - raised more than £1,950 last year from donations for prints she has captured from the two-wheeled world.

The money has been distributed over the last 12 months between Help For Heroes, the North West Air Ambulance and the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team.

This week the Hindley woman and her family were honoured with an official invitation to the home of the 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment at Preston’s Fulwood Barracks.

While there she formally presented the Help For Heroes cheque for £1,150 and had a picture taken with the historic regimental colours.

Battling cancer for the past 18 months, Susan said that her attempts to capture the high-revving biking world on camera has helped to give her a new focus on getting well and keeping her spirits up during her enforced period of recuperation.

Susan said: “It was a proud moment to be able to have my picture taken with the regiment’s colours as I know how much they mean to them.

“A massive thank you goes to all my customers whether they be Rivington Bikers, Preston and District Racing Club, Hindley Tesco, Three Sisters Ride Out, Aintree Motor Cycle Racing Club plus many more as from each sale there is a donation to each of the charities I support.

“I am looking forward to the 2014 race season and again will be sponsoring the Forgotten Era Class at Preston and District Race club and will be back over to watch the Isle of Man TT Races 2014.

“I have also been asked to exhibit a selection of my work at the Isle of Man TT Races 2014 so something a little different is in the pipeline.

“Eventually I would like to get into sprinting myself and would enjoy the challenge of the Hoghton Tower Sprint.

“Fingers crossed that’s another goal for me.”