This is a very difficult piece to write, but I feel that I must. On Thursday 5th February 2009 riding her bike to work, a friend and colleague Eilidh Cairns was involved in an accident and passed away a short time later.
Eilidh was full of life, and lived her short life to the full. She was very comfortable with who she was and made no excuse for that and we all loved her for it.
Her passing has hit all that knew her very hard, and that is right and proper and no words that you can say can take that hurt and grief away and nor should it. Denial, Anger, Depression are all part of the process before Acceptance can help you to heal.
Some people entrust in religion at such times to help them, and others do not have such a crutch. My belief is that when you are in a relationship with someone, whether that is friend, relative or lover that you exchange a piece of your hearts and entrust the other with its care. Between those pieces a thread joins you. The stronger the friendship; the deeper the love, the larger the piece and the thicker and brighter the thread. When that person is taken from you, the thread is broken and you feel the pain of that part of your heart that you have given; however what you must remember is that you still have part of their heart and you are honour-bound to look after it and do what is right by it.
So when you have partied too hard and dragged yourself into work; when you have woken early because it has snowed and a smile creeps across your face, and everyday in everything you do, doff your cap, tip a wink and take Eilidh Cairns with you.
Sleep well Chicken
A memorial bike ride, commemorating Eilidh and to draw attention to cycling safety in London took place on Saturday 7th March. Hundreds of her friends, family and members of cycling forums traced her route to Notting Hill. There are some photos here, it made the local ITV news here and a very touching video tribute can be found here.
Sleep well Chicken.
It has been over three months since Eilidh’s accident and we are no closer to knowing exactly what happened that morning. To try and jog people’s memories Eilidh’s friends and family handed out leaflets appealing for witnesses and have produced a short video to be broadcast. This twofold: to ask if you saw anything on the morning of Thursday 5th February 2009, however insignificant you think it may be, to contact the police to help piece together the jigsaw of what happened and secondly to raise awareness of the safety of cyclists and prevent accidents like this from happening.
So please if you saw anything on the morning of Thursday 5th February 2009, the week of the heavy snow, please watch this video and contact the witness line on 020 7388 6806.