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Memorial bike ride for Daniel Squire raises cash for Dover teen Kelly Turner

A bike ride fundraiser in memory of cyclist Daniel Squire has raised £1,200 for cancer sufferer Kelly Turner.

RouteOne Cycle Cafe held the energetic event on Saturday, attracting a great turnout, despite the wind and rain, with many of the areas cycling clubs showing their support.

These included VC Deal, Folkestone Velo Club, Thanet RC and Deal Tri, the club 18-year-old Daniel trained with before he died.

Hayley Squire, Tracy Squire and Simon Squire
Hayley Squire, Tracy Squire and Simon Squire

Adalta Cycle Club also attended and donated £250 to the cause.

The ride is held each year in memory of Daniel.

The teenager was killed after a collision with a van on the A258 Dover to Deal Road at Ringwould, on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

A keen triathlete, Daniel was cycling from his mother’s home in Reach Close, St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, and was just minutes away from his father’s house in Ringwould.

The former St Edmund’s School pupil died the next day.

Cyclists taking part in annual ride in memory of Daniel Squire
Cyclists taking part in annual ride in memory of Daniel Squire

His parents, Simon and Tracy, donated his organs, helping improve the lives of four other people.

Gary Holmes, co-owner of RouteOne on the seafront and the chairman of Deal Tri at the time of Daniel’s death, said: “I wanted to do something and help organise this.

“He was a teenager, so I thought it could help another teenager and his family were very supportive of that.”

Mr Holmes had known Daniel since he had joined the club as a junior and rode with him most weekends.

Give Kelly Hope, a Mercury appeal
Give Kelly Hope, a Mercury appeal

The money raised will go to 16-year-old cancer sufferer Kelly who needs to raise £1 million for life-saving surgery in New York.

The Dover teen was diagnosed with a desmoplastic round cell tumour (DSRCT) in October last year, and has been given 18 months to live, if she can not get the surgery in America.

Mr Holmes added: “The ride was very successful. We had the whole Squire family come down and also held a big raffle which boosted funds.”

Experienced cyclists led the 35-mile route from Deal, travelling through Sandwich, Minster, Preston and Richborough, before returning.

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