Bicester Cyclist Dies In Charity Event

1 August 2016, 12:59 | Updated: 1 August 2016, 13:02

A cancer survivor from Oxfordshire has died during the RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle event.

Robin Chard, 48, from Bicester, who was raising money for Cancer Research UK, suffered a cardiac arrest at Kingston Bridge at around the 25-mile mark of the 100-mile ride. He received immediate treatment from fellow riders and medical personnel at the scene, but died later in Kingston Hospital.

Mr Chard lost both his father, Edwin, and stepfather, Bert, to lung cancer. His mother-in-law, Sheila, also died from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He had overcome the cancer Hodgkin Lymphoma in childhood.

His 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.''

Organisers said 33 riders out of over 29,000 were taken to hospital during the event. Seven were still being treated on Monday with three in a serious condition.

Mr Chard's JustGiving page showed he had raised more than £1,400 - well above his £400 target.

Nieces Sophie Louise Jenkins and Ashleigh Ann Day paid tribute to their uncle on Facebook.

Sophie wrote: "My beautiful Uncle Robin Chard ... He died doing something so close to his heart.

"We are so so proud of you and the amount of money raised, and still raising is incredible.''

Ashleigh wrote: "Uncle Robin, so incredibly proud of your efforts in the Prudential 100 bike ride today in London.

"Sadly, he didn't make it to the end but he passed away raising money for a charity close to his heart.