BIG-HEARTED customers have donated almost £9,000 to North West Air Ambulance in memory of a teenage motorcyclist.

Family business Julie Clare on Winsford Market set up a second hand book stall beside their workwear stall after motorcyclist Peter Wrench was killed in a crash in 2013.

The 19-year-old from Middlewich was a friend of stallholders Niel and Jean Hodkinson's grandsons, Dominic Dutton and Liam Hodkinson.

Peter died after his Kawasaki was involved in a collision with a minibus on Booth Lane.

Jean, known as Nana Jean, and her daughter Julie started selling used books for 50p each for the ambulance charity which came to his aid.

The former Middlewich High School pupil whose family said he 'lived for his motorbike' was airlifted to North Staffordshire Hospital after suffering critical head injuries.

Niel, from Winsford, said: "Despite the efforts of the North West Air Ambulance, Peter died. Between them Julie and Nana Jean set up a book stall on part of their workwear stall.

"All the books have been donated by fellow traders and market customers who have supported the cause by not only buying the books and returning them to be resold but by continuing to replenish the stock.

"A huge thanks to them for their continued support."

The stall, trading on Winsford Market for more than 50 years, sells school logo clothing which the family embroiders themselves as well as workwear.

Jean and her son Tim run a similar outlet on Northwich Market.

Niel added:" Customers from our associated businesses also regularly donate change from their purchases. We are very grateful to everyone who has donated and bought books.

"Anyone who has spare books can drop them off on market days."

The stall is open on Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 8.30am to 4pm.

The family donated £8,842 last year to North West Air Ambulance.