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Donations pour in after death of cyclist Kris Cook (36)

By Neil Lancefield

Donations have poured in for a palliative care hospice after a cyclist raising funds for it died during a London to Surrey bicycle ride.

Kris Cook (36) collapsed at popular beauty spot Newlands Corner in Guildford as he took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. The event was cut short because of adverse weather.

Mr Cook, from Woking, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, and despite the efforts of emergency services at the scene died later in hospital.

According to the event's staff, his mother, Sue Cook, said he died "doing something he loved".

She also welcomed the thousands of pounds donated to Woking Hospice in her son's memory through his fundraising page, at www.justgiving.com/Kris-Cook, where her son previously wrote: "I have never taken on a challenge such as this."

The site appears to show that Mr Cook was close to hitting his fundraising target of £500 before the race, but that figure has since soared to more than £15,000 as donations flooded in following his death.

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