London cyclist to conquer Alps in memory of Dalston lorry victim Dan Cox

Himself recovering from a serious hit and run 18 months ago, London cyclist Daniel Barnes is riding the Etape du Tour on 11 July in memory of his close friend Dan Cox, killed by a left-turning lorry at Dalston Junction in February 2011.

We're flattered and delighted that half of all the money Daniel raises is being donated to us, so please give generously via his webpage.

Supporting our long-running No More Lethal Lorries campaign, Daniel said, "With improved education, for cyclists and drivers alike, and improved safety measures such as blind-spot mirrors, the number of people killed and injured on the roads could be greatly reduced.

"Campaigns like this obviously cost money, something you can hopefully help me contribute to."

The rest of the money raised is going to the hospital trust that tried to save his friend's life after the terrible collision.

Daniel said, "He put up an amazing fight that was equally matched by the medical team around him, and he unquestionably received the best care available."

We wish Daniel the best of luck battling his own injuries, sustained when knocked off his bike by a car that failed stop in 2009.

He'll need all his stamina to conquer the gruelling ride through the French Alps, on a ride where typically one third of the entrants fail to finish.

If you're interested in raising money for LCC, you can create your own page in a few minutes via the Virgin Just Giving website.