Donations for Sally’s ride charity top £25,500

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
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Donations to the charity supported by a former Spalding woman killed in an epic cycle ride across Britain have risen to more than £25,500.

Sally Preece (49) died on day seven of a nine day ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats while aiming to raise £4,000 for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Friends, fellow participants in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain and people who never even knew Sally are this week continuing to donate to her JustGiving site and leave touching messages.

One message reads: “So sad to hear. Didn’t know you but can’t forget your friendly smile and greeting as we cycled in opposite directions through Lanarkshire.”

Another says: “Words cannot express the sadness we are feeling at losing you Sally.”

Sally was cycling in a team for Lloyds Bank when she was hit by a car on Friday, September 12 and died from her injuries in hospital the following day.

There’s a donation from the bank of an unknown amount on the JustGiving site.

Sally, who lived in Cheltenham, is the daughter of Spalding couple Terry and Judy Wing, who have received phone calls and more than 60 cards since the tragic accident.

Terry said: “We want to thank friends and neighbours for their support, kindness and cards at this sad time.”

The funeral service for the mother-of-two takes place at 2pm on Tuesday, September 30 at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham GL50 1SP. People who attend are welcome at the church hall after the service.

It’s family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers are for the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, which supports people with cancer and other life-threatening conditions, and these can be sent to funeral directors Mason and Stokes, of 54 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham GL52 7AH.

There will be a private burial following the service.