Dad was training for charity bike run, now they are naming ride in his memory
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'wonderful father' who died suddenly while training for a fund-raising charity bike ride.
The 50 mile cycle ride from Swansea to Bridgend is now to be renamed in honour of Paul Driscoll, known to friends as Jakey, who collapsed in West Cross while out cycling on Sunday afternoon.
And his grieving partner Rachel, who described Jakey as a 'wonderful, devoted' step-father to her two children, issued an appeal to trace the off-duty nurse who had come to the 39-year-old's aid, as well as the paramedics and ambulance staff, to pay her thanks.
Rachel Gadd said: "Jake had been there for my children 24/7.
"He was devoted to them, and they were besotted with him.
"He had gone out training for the bike ride, and called me from West Cross to come and pick him up.
"I could see he was unwell and he suddenly collapsed in my arms. I tried to resuscitate him with the help of a nurse who came to help.
"We managed to resuscitate him twice but it wasn't enough.
"I want to make an appeal to find the nurse so I can say thank you for what they tried to do, as well as the paramedics.
"Jakey was always helping people out, he was a gentleman through and through
"He was a wonderful partner, a wonderful father, and my soul mate."
As well as being step-father to Haydn and Molly, Mr Driscoll, who worked as a fabricator welder, was also father to Beth and Alex.
And his two teenage daughters, together with Rachel and other friends, have now vowed to tackle the bike ride he was training for themselves.
The fifty mile ride from Swansea to Bridgend takes place later this month, to raise money for two-year-old Macsen Williams, from Gorseinon, who has cerebral palsy and other conditions.
It had been organised by Mr Driscoll's friend Reeco Rees, who runs soccer schools for young people in Swansea.
He said: "Jakey was a really good person, who was prepared to help anyone.
"He was well respected and loved by everyone who knew him.
"It says everything you need to know about him that he was prepared to do this cycle ride for a young two-year-old he had never met. That's the type of person he was.
"His daughters decided they wanted to step up and finish off what he had started, so they will be taking part in the cycle.
"And we have decided to rename it the Paul Jakey Driscoll Memorial Ride, and host it every year, to raise money for different charities.
"It was always going to be a special event, riding on behalf of Macsen, but now it has a whole new other meaning. It is a memorial for Jakey, and we will be riding for both of them".
As well as Rachel, Mr Driscoll leaves two sisters, and mother Susan.
Details of his service are yet to be announced.