Tuesday 10 May 2011

Peter Allen, RIP

It is with deep sadness, that all of us involved with the Reading Toy Run bring the news that, Peter Allen has died. Peter was the run's Chief Marshall and had been involved in the Toy Run since it's early days, 25 years ago. He had overseen the ever increasing demands of the logistics of getting thousands of bikes safely around the route of the run and done it perfectly, time after time, with an infectious enthusiasm.

Having made all the arrangements for last years run, Peter was too ill to attend, as asbestos related lung cancer began to take hold. Pete leaves a huge hole in the lives of all who knew him - a hugely generous spirited gentleman that will be missed by us all.

Our thoughts and prayers during these days are very much with and for Pete's family and they extend their invitation to all that knew Pete to join them, on one final ride, in celebrating his life and saying farewell on Thursday 19 May, 2011.

The funeral courtege will gather to leave from Arborfield Royal British Legion Club, Eversley Road, Arborfield, Reading, RG2 9PR at 2pm riding to Easthampstead Crematorium (South Road, Nine Mile Ride, RG40 3DW) for a service at 3pm.

Instead of flowers, the family kindly request a donation to the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance. We hope to raise money in memory of Pete to put towards a specific piece of equipment.

How to donate:

1) Go to www.tvacaa.org
2) Click on “DONATE NOW” button on the front page
(Its a blue button on the right of the screen, near the bottom of the page).
3) Complete the online donation form. Please check the ‘gift Aid’ box when entering the amount.
4) Important: In the “Organisation” box, please type: ‘In memory of Peter Allen’.