A Ripon mother has raised more than £10,000 for charity after completing a bike ride in memory of her daughter who took her own life.
Anna King tragically took her own life at the age of just 19 on October 8, 2014 and her mother, Caroline, decided to mark the anniversary with a charity bike ride.
‘Anna’s Angels Cycling Crew’ completed the London to Brighton charity bike ride on Sunday, September 6, with ‘blood, sweat & tears but also a lot of laughter’.
Caroline thanked everybody that donated money towards the two charities, Papyrus (prevention of young suicide) and Beat (support with eating disorders).
She said: “Our original fundraising target was £2,000 but we increased this to £5,000 as we got nearer the ride.
“However, incredibly, we have more than surpassed this with a total to date of £8,048.18. With GiftAid, this becomes over £10,000 raised for the two charities.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported us; including the local pubs who recently let us collect on a very busy Saturday night.
“It has struck me deeply that so many people have been affected either directly or indirectly by the issues.
“I hope that we have raised awareness as well as funds and that people will talk more about challenges that they or those they know may be facing. This was a great experience and another memory of Anna created.”
Caroline completed the epic bike ride with 11 other members of the crew, including Anna’s brother Tom and her aunt Juliette.
After her death, one of Anna’s friends competed in a muddy 10k in her memory which inspired Caroline to take on a similar challenge.
She said: “I wanted to do something that was near the anniversary of Anna’s death. It was just me and my sister that were initially going to be taking part and she didn’t even own a bike.
“But then, as I mentioned it more and more people, they said that they wanted to join in. The response has been heart warming.”
Caroline said that, during her short life, her daughter Anna was constantly there for others and remembered her as ‘often putting their needs before her own’.
To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/annasangelscyclingcrew.