Charity cyclist dies after crash

Sally Preece who died while riding from land's End to John O'Groats. ANL-140915-114344001
Sally Preece who died while riding from land's End to John O'Groats. ANL-140915-114344001

A mum-of-two was killed in a charity bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats while raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Sally Preece (49), formerly from Spalding, died in hospital on Saturday after being fatally injured in a crash with a car on Friday at 11am on the A85 near Loch Earn in Scotland during the Deloitte Ride Across Britain.

Sally is the daughter of Spalding couple Terry and Judy Wing and leaves brother Martin, sister Hayley, her husband, Philip, and children Brad (16) and Amy (13).

People touched by the tragedy added more donations to her JustGiving page, taking the total to more than £1,000 above Sally’s original target.

Sally was riding in a team for Lloyds Bank, her employer.

On her JustGiving page, Sally wrote: “As I’ve got older I’ve got worse for accepting challenges! Perhaps call it my perpetual mid-life crisis.

“I suppose it all started with a black belt in karate, then running the London Marathon, and finally because all of the above caused arthritis in my feet, I’ve switched properly to cycling.

“This epic ride is going to be harder than all the previous madcap ideas! Cycling for nine days, averaging 106 miles per day, and then crashing out in a tent, is not everyone’s idea of a ‘holiday’.

On her JustGiving page, Sally gave her reasons for taking part in the ride as: “I want to help dementia sufferers and challenge myself.”

After describing the hardships of the ride, Sally said they were nothing compared to dementia and what it can do to sufferers and their families.

“It is a horribly scary thing and nobody is immune,” she wrote. “Please help me to help others!! Thank you to all my lovely friends :-)”

Sally had hoped to raise £4,000 but by yesterday (Monday) lunchtime donations had passed the £5,500 mark with people writing brief tributes such as “Devastating God bless you” and “So sad and outrageous that someone should die doing what they loved, and whilst trying to help others. Thoughts to the family”.

Sally was one of only three women on the team taking part in the cycle ride to raise money for the Lloyds Bank charity of the year, the Alzheimer’s Society Live Well campaign.

She ran the London Marathon in 2011 for Help for Heroes.

Sally organised the Cheltenham Connections charity concerts as well as playing violin in the Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also a big supporter of good causes because she wanted to improve the lives of those in need.