RideLondon: Family touched by 45 k gifts in aftermath of Robin Chard’s death – BBC News

Image copyright Chard family Image caption Robin Chard was doing something he loved to raise money, his wife said

The sister of a human who died in the RideLondon event after surviving cancer as small children has said the family is “touched” after a huge spike in donations towards his charity appeal.

Robin Chard, 48, from Bicester, suffered a cardiac arrest after about 25 miles( 40 km) in Sunday’s cycling event and died in hospital.

He hoped to raise 400 for Cancer Research UK but funds have made 45,000.

Andrea Day, 43, said the family was “very touched by the kind messages”.

“As you can imagine, we are all very shocked and saddened by the news of his happen, ” she said.

“He was a beloved son, spouse, father, friend and friend to so many and will be sorely missed.”

Image copyright PA Image caption The race begins at the Olympic Park in east London and heads to Surrey

Mr Chard was taking part in the 100 -mile( 160 km) event as a “personal crusade” after his father and stepfather died from lung cancer.

He himself had survived Hodgkin Lymphoma as a child.

Ed Aspel, executive director of fundraising at Cancer Research UK, said: “We are very grateful that he chose to cycle in RideLondon to support Cancer Research UK, and would like to express our deepest compassion to his loved ones at this difficult time.”

RideLondon said Mr Chard suffered a cardiac arrest at Kingston Bridge “and although he received immediate therapy from fellow riders and medical personnel at the scene, he died afterward in Kingston Hospital”.

More than 29,000 riders took part in the event. Of these, 33 were taken to hospital, three had serious injuries, the organisers said.

What is RideLondon?

Image copyright Prudential RideLondon

The 100 -mile( 160 km) cycle event is dubbed the London marathon on wheels It’s part of a celebration of cycling in which more than 100,000 cyclists take part First RideLondon was in 2013 as part of London Olympic “legacy” Events include the 100, the Classic( for top male professionals) the Classique( the richest women’s one-day race in cycling) and FreeCycle( for families ).

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