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Donations soar after death of RideLondon sportive rider

Robin Chard's JustGiving page closes in on £50,000 after 48-year-old suffered fatal heart attack on Kingston Bridge

The JustGiving site of a RideLondon rider who suffered a fatal heart attack on Kingston Bridge is closing in on £50,000 in donations.

Robin Chard, 48, from Bicester, was taking part in the 100-mile sportive to raise funds for Cancer Research UK but suffered a cardiac arrest around the 25-mile mark.

Though he received immediate treatment from medical personnel and fellow riders at the scene, he died later in Kingston Hospital.

Donations to Robin Chard’s JustGiving page are approaching £50,000 after the 48-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack at RideLondon (Pic: RideLondon)

Since news of his death emerged, however, donation’s to Robin’s JustGiving page have soared, far surpassing the £400 target he set himself.

He chose to ride for Cancer Research UK after losing his father, his mother’s partner and his mother-in-law to cancer, and also suffering from Hodgkin lymphoma as a child.

Robin’s wife, Vickie, 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.

“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.”

A statement from the organisers of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 confirmed 33 riders were taken to hospital in all, including three serious injuries, with 29,689 riders completing the 100-mile and 46-mile sportives.

A separate incident, which required the use of the air ambulance, required a diversion to be put in place for part of the sportive and caused delays to the RideLondon-Surrey Classic road race which followed.

To donate to Robin Chard’s JustGiving cause, visit his fundraising page here.

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