More than £3,000 raised in 24 hours in memory of rider who died during RideLondon

Donations flood in for British Heart Foundation

A fundraising page in memory of Maris Ozols, who died while participating in RideLondon, has raised more than £3,000 for the British Heart Foundation in just 24 hours.

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Mr Ozols died after suffering a cardiac arrest in central London, 13 miles into the 46-mile Ride London-Surrey 46 sportive on Sunday, passing away despite help from fellow riders and medical staff.

His family set up a fundraising page in his memory (which can be found here), aiming to raise £500 for the British Heart Foundation, a target that has now been smashed with donations totalling £2,445 (rising to £3,015 when Gift Aid is included) at time of writing.

The donations have come in from people who knew Mr Ozols, but also from many fellow cyclists, some of whom were taking part in RideLondon.

At the request of the Ozols family, no further details will be released about the circumstances of Mr Ozols’s death, with the family asking for privacy.