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RideLondon: Fundraising cancer survivor dies

Robin Chard was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, his wife Vickie said Image copyright Chard family
Image caption Robin Chard was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, his wife Vickie said

A man raising money for a cancer charity after surviving Hodgkin Lymphoma as a child has died in the RideLondon 100-mile (160km) event.

Robin Chard, 48, from Bicester, suffered a cardiac arrest after about 25 miles in Sunday's cycling event and died in hospital, the organiser said.

He was taking part as a "personal crusade" after his father and stepfather died from lung cancer.

His wife Vickie said he was doing "something he loved".

Donations to Mr Chard's fundraising page, on behalf of Cancer Research UK, have already passed £24,000.

She said: "Robin was doing something he loved to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a cause that was very important to him after losing his father, his mother's partner and my mother to cancer.

'Amazing'

"I'd like to thank everyone who has helped and supported Robin and me, especially the event stewards, the event team and the amazing staff at Kingston Hospital."

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

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

"Everyone involved in Prudential RideLondon would like to express sincere condolences to Robin's family and friends."

Tributes have been left on Mr Chard's JustGiving page.

One message read: "Hi daddy, I'm so proud of you. Well done for getting as far as you did. I love you so so so much, I know you'll be proud of all the money you raised. You did such an amazing thing. I love you."

A message signed by Ashley read: "So sorry to hear about the tragic accident, I hope this page serves as a legacy of your hard work and fund raising for a great cause."

Judie Pierce added: "A sad ending to someone doing an act of generosity and kindness for others. May you rest in peace and your family and friends be proud of you."

On his fundrasing page Mr Chard said he wanted to "try and find more effective and permanent cures and improve the treatments available today".

"So you can see it's a bit of a personal crusade, but I'm not riding a white charger, just a bike 100 miles in and around London."


What is RideLondon?

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  • The 100-mile cycle event is dubbed the London marathon on wheels
  • 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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