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.

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Second person arrested over cyclist's death

A second person has been arrested by officers investigating the death of Christian Smith.

A 19-year-old man from the Herne Bay area was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been bailed pending further investigation until 27th July.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested and released on bail in connection with the cyclists death too.

Christian Smith died when his bike collided with a blue Peugeot 206 near Chestfield on Saturday morning.

Investigating officer PC Jamie Woodhams is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Woodhams on 01622 798538.

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Donations for killed cyclist pass £40,000

Donations continue to pour in for a cyclist killed during a charity bike ride, with fundraising reaching £42,000.

Christian Smith was killed in a collision on the A2990 during a 24-hour charity bike ride. Credit: Kent Police/PA Wire

More than 3,000 people have now donated, many of whom have also left messages of condolence, paying tribute to a "wonderful" and "inspiring" man.

Messages of condolence for cyclist killed during charity ride

The JustGiving webpage for a cyclist killed during a 24-hour ride to raise money for mental health charity MIND has gained more than £28,000 from donors.

More than 2,000 people have pledged money to Christian Smith's cause, with several leaving messages of condolence on the webpage.

Reading your story with tears rolling down my cheeks. Your friends & family must be incredibly proud.

– Layla

I don't have a lot of money but I couldn't leave this page not giving nothing after reading what happened to you when you were doing something so good. My heart sank when I read what happened to you.

– Tee Jay

Still shaking with shock as I write this. This charity meant something to you and you meant something to us so I am donating in your memory. We salute your bravery.

– Powells

Cyclist killed during 24-hour charity ride: family statement

The family of Christian Smith, who was killed while participating in a 24-hour cycle ride yesterday, has released a statement confirming his passing.

Christian Smith, of Boughton Aulph in Kent, was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning, while cycling to raise money for the MIND charity.

Christian leaves a loving wife and three children.

– Family of Christian Smith

Cyclist wanted to 'help end stigma' around mental health

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!).

Christian Smith had set out to ride 248 miles in 24 hours to raise money for MIND. Credit: Press Association/Supplied

"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."

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Donations pour in for cyclist killed during charity ride

The donation page for a father-of-three killed in a road traffic accident during a 24-hour charity cycle ride has received more than £23,000.

Christian Smith died at about 4am yesterday during his bid to circumnavigate the county of Kent in aid of mental health charity MIND.

Christian Smith had set out to ride 248 miles in 24 hours to raise money for MIND. Credit: Press Association/Supplied

An 18-year-old female driver was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by dangerous driving and has been released on police bail until July 26.

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