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£50k raised in memory of Nelson
10:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
ALMOST £50,000 has been raised in memory of British Olympic team snowboarding coach Nelson Pratt.
Hundreds of cyclists took to the roads and lanes of the Test Valley in honour of the popular snowboarder, who was found dead at his home last year. An inquest into his death recorded an open verdict.
The money will help the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), which works to prevent suicide amongst young men in the UK.
Around 650 cyclists took to the saddle for the inaugural Tour de Test Valley last Saturday.
Nelson’s friend and event organiser Marcus Chapman said: “When Chris Pratt [Nelson’s brother] and I began chatting about putting a cycle sportive together to honour Nelson’s memory we could only have dreamed of the response we had and how the event unfolded on the day.”
Nelson, known as Nelly to his friends, was found dead at his home in Grateley, near Andover, in June 2012. He was 33.
He was one of the country’s top snowboarders and regularly featured in magazines about the sport.
Read the full story in today's paper.
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