DONATIONS towards the fundraising efforts of a man who tragically passed away while cycling in the RideLondon-Surrey road race have swelled to more than £40,000.
Family and friends are in mourning after Woking man Kris Cook’s untimely death on Sunday. Kris, 36, who was well-known and loved by many across Woking, was raising funds for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices by taking part in the rain-soaked race which passed through the borough over the weekend.
After complaining of feeling unwell halfway through the 86-mile route, Kris collapsed due to cardiac arrest as he and his team-mates approached the North Downs section of the course at Newlands Corner.
Despite extensive treatment by paramedics, St John’s Ambulance volunteers and the event’s medical staff, who tried to resuscitate him at the scene, Kris was pronounced dead just after 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon, having been rushed to Guildford’s Royal Surrey Hospital.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of Kris’ death.
Hospice Chief Executive, Nigel Harding, said that the charity have been overwhelmed by the response to the news of Kris’ death and plan to use the money he donated for a fitting tribute.
Mr Harding said: “The figure seems to be going up constantly, and maybe in a couple of days I’ll be able to say for definite but I’m pretty certain that this must be the most that any one single person has raised for us.
“We will be liaising with his family and Kris’ girlfriend Nicola to make a joint decision about how we use the money. A couple of ideas we have are, with building the new hospice and if the funds come into that degree, we
would like to name a room after Kris – perhaps a physiotherapy room, something to do with fitness.
“We also thought that we would like to hold an annual event to leave a real lasting tribute and acknowledgement of what Kris was trying to do for us.”
Before he joined the Civil Service, watersports enthusiast Kris could be found very early on in his career – with requisite ‘surf dude’ hairdo – manning the tower at the Goldsworth Park Lake watersports hut.
When not in a canoe or off on his bike, Kris could often be found nursing his weary limbs with his friends at the Garibaldi pub in Knaphill.
Thousands of tributes to ‘kind, caring and selfless’ Kris, and messages of condolence to his mother Sue, brother Steven and girlfriend Nicola, who was cycling with him at the time, continue to pour in.
Although he had initially hoped to raise £500 for the hospices, as the News & Mail went to press, Kris’ JustGiving page had received more than 6,000 times that value, with more flooding in every minute.
Donate to Kris Cook’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/kris-cook.