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Tragic Ringwould teenage cyclist Daniel Squire's heart saves a life as family donate organs

Daniel Squire
Daniel Squire

The family of a cyclist killed after an accident on the A258 at Ringwould have spoken of their brave decision to donate his organs.

Tracy and Symon Squire had been told by doctors their son Daniel would probably not survive after he was involved in a collision with a van.

They made the heart-breaking choice that if he were not to survive they would like to know his organs had helped someone else.

And within 24 hours of his death, his heart had been received by a patient in Nottingham.

Mrs Squire, who lives in Reach Close, St Margaret's, near Dover, said: "I knew he had gone on the Saturday.

"I couldn't let Daniel go so I asked Symon what he thought to donating his organs. I don't know where the words came from."

Mr Squire added: "He was a fit guy. His heart would have been in good condition."

The family described 18-year-old Daniel as "happy-go-lucky with a good sense of humour".

He was a family lad who adored his 17-year-old girlfriend Angel, his "soulmate".

Daniel went to St Mary's Primary School and St Edmund's Catholic School in Dover. He worked as a logistics operative at London Fancy Box in Dover.

Daniel Squire died after being knocked off his bike at Ringwould in 2013
Daniel Squire died after being knocked off his bike at Ringwould in 2013

From the age of eight or nine he was a keen member of Deal Tri and was thrilled to be accepted for the Ironman contest in Bolton, a challenge he was training for on his new bike.

On the morning of the accident - on Saturday, September 7 - he was due to be meeting his father Symon and other club members at Marke Wood Park in Deal, but he did not arrive.

Daniel had lots of "true friends" and was well known in Dover and in Deal because Mrs Squire's partner runs the Admiral Kepple pub in Manor Road.

He loved to fly model aeroplanes and race model cars. A day of racing was dedicated to him at the track he frequented in Maidstone.

The date for the funeral has not been set, but it will be called Daniel's Day at St Margaret's Church followed by a burial. All will be welcome.

He leaves mother Tracy, father Symon and their partners Steve (Shakey) and Tracey, sister Hayley, niece Keira and girlfriend.

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