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.

0 comments

More news stories

14 minutes ago
Police carried out a series of drugs raids at homes across Stevenage

Police swooped on four homes across Stevenage at the weekend in a drugs crackdown which led to three arrests.

Officers from the Operation Scorpion team – which targets drug related crime – searched properties at addresses in Great Ashby, Shephall, Stevenage Old Town and the Oval on Friday and Saturday.

15 minutes ago
Police at the scene of a crash involving a motorcyclist and a car in Broadway, Letchworth. Picture: @roadpoliceBCH via Twitter.

A motorcyclist who was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a town centre crash has now been discharged.

55 minutes ago
Roulson was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday

A man from Stevenage who was caught in possession of thousands of indecent videos and pictures of children has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

13:18
Police have appealed for a motorist who witnessed a crash on the A1(M) between Letchworth and Stevenage on Friday to come forward.

Police have appealed for a motorist who witnessed a crash on the A1(M) between Letchworth and Stevenage on Friday to come forward.

”North
Norton Way Mazda in Letchworth showcases Mazda2 and Mazda3

Mazda’s popular models, the Mazda2 supermini and the sporty hatchback Mazda3, offer motorists outstanding efficiency, style and Mazda’s driver-focused performance and are available at Letchworth-based Norton Way Mazda.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up