In memory of a champion

14:56 20 March 2008

Cycling - Men

Cycling - Men's British National U23 Road Race Championships - 28th May 2006, Long Crendon, Bucks, UK - 155 km. Peter Bissell (Arctic Shorter Rochord RT) with his winners medal Photographer: Gerry McManus Tel +44 (0) 7739 479858 37 Whitby Road South Ruislip Middlesex HA4 9DT gerrymcmanus@blueyonder.co.uk

THE parents of a cycling champion who died shortly after Christmas, aged 21, have helped raise more than £1,800 for a charity that supported their son. Peter Bissell, of Ripon Road in Stevenage, was with three friends at The Standard Bearer pub in the tow

THE parents of a cycling champion who died shortly after Christmas, aged 21, have helped raise more than £1,800 for a charity that supported their son.

Peter Bissell, of Ripon Road in Stevenage, was with three friends at The Standard Bearer pub in the town centre when he collapsed and died on December 29.

A collection was made for the Dave Rayner Fund at a memorial service at the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre on Broadhall Way on March 8.

The charity, named after a professional racing cyclist who was killed in 1994, financially supports young competing racing cyclists.

Mr Bissell's father, Dave, said: "Without the fund Pete would never have been able to follow his dream.

"What an experience he had, doing what he liked to do best of all, riding his bike, visiting places he would never have seen and having a goal before him which he knew he could reach."

Mr Bissell's parents, Dave and Sandy, want to thank all those who helped with the service, and all those who have sent cards, letters, flowers, prayers and thoughts.

An inquest into Mr Bissell's death has been opened and adjourned.

n We have been asked to point out that in last week's Comet the article about the memorial service of Peter incorrectly labelled a photograph of a cyclist as being Mr Bissell. We are sorry for any distress this may have caused.

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