Donations for cyclist killed during charity ride pour in
Donations have been pouring in for a father-of-three who died after he was involved in a road traffic accident during a 24-hour charity cycle ride. Christian Smith was killed following the crash which happened in Chestfield, Kent.
A father-of-three who died after he was involved in a road traffic accident during a 24-hour charity cycle ride said he was doing the challenge to "help bring an end to the stigma" around mental health issues.
Christian Smith, who was raising money for the charity MIND, wrote on his JustGiving webpage: "This is an attempt to cycle the full 24hrs and the full distance, largely unsupported (because nobody is stupid enough to volunteer!).
"So there are no motorcycle outriders, support vehicles or hot chicks to wipe my brow.
"As much as this being a physical effort, it will also be a mental struggle, enduring a long dark night alone, knackered. Not to mention the long training sessions ahead of me to prepare."
Explaining his motivation, he added: "In short I want to support the charity MIND, raise awareness towards the great support that they offer, and help bring an end to the stigma that is attached to those who suffer from mental health problems.
"I have had my own misfortune to suffer from a spate of poor mental health, which was unexpected and has been a real 'game changer' in how I now view the future. It has been a tough road to get to this point but I have been fortunate enough to have the support of my family and friends."