Tribute to Stephen Green
If you've been walking up at Leith Hill lately you'll notice a small tribute to Stephen Green at the Starvell Corner carpark.
Stephen Green was taking part in the 100-mile amateur sportive in aid of Haslemere-based charity Action for A-T when he collapsed on the lower part of the steep Leith Hill ascent.
The 55-year-old husband and father from Reading, who also took part in RideLondon in 2013, was treated by fellow riders and paramedics but sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Sean Kelly, chief executive of Action for A-T - which funds research into rare childhood disease Ataxia-Telangiectasia - said he was "overwhelmed" by the response.
Mr Green had been a supporter of the charity since January this year, when he was introduced to Mr Kelly through a mutual friend.
After losing out in the public ballot for RideLondon places, Mr Green offered to be one of the 65 riders taking part for the charity.
He had already raised £900 in sponsorship, way above the minimum amount required, before the day of the ride.
"It was quite clear to me from the beginning that Stephen was a very kind, compassionate and caring person," Mr Kelly said.
"His family very kindly decided that they wanted a tragic situation to have a positive outcome by asking people to make donations in his memory.
16th Sep 2015