Relatives of a tragic cyclist who died and was unidentified for a week have sold off his artwork to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Malcolm Cottam, aged 55, from Norton, Sheffield, was killed in a collision with a car on the Dronfield Bypass but his identity remained a mystery for a week until members of the public helped police solve the puzzle.
Mr Cottam suffered serious head injuries in the collision with a Citroen C3 on July 31 and was airlifted to hospital but could not be revived.
The retired teacher lived alone and had not been reported missing.
But after police put out a description of the clothing he was wearing at the time of the collision, including a T-shirt which said ‘Barnsley Metrodome Triathlon 1990’ on it, and a helmet with a ‘Friar Tuck Triathlon 2002’ sticker on the back, members of the public turned detective and suggested Mr Cottam’s name.
His shocked relatives were informed of the tragedy and to say thank you to the Air Ambulance for racing him to hospital in a bid to save his life a cheque for £1,000 is to be donated to the charity.
His family sold Mr Cottam’s paintings and glassware he produced over the years after holding an open day for friends and former colleagues at his house.
His sister Irene Webster, from Wincobank, said she was shocked when police officers informed her family of the death.
“We spoke on a regular basis, every month or two, and I hadn’t heard anything about the crash so it was a shock when the police broke the news,” she said.
Irene and her sister Marjorie Scott, who lives in Chester, said they wanted to show their gratitude to Yorkshire Air Ambulance for flying their brother to the Northern General Hospital after the crash.
“Malcolm was a painter and produced glassware, they were just two of his many hobbies, so his house was full of his artwork and we thought it would be nice to sell it to friends to raise money for charity in his memory,” she said.