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Crash victim Kate to be remembered with donations to the causes she loved; Style request for funeral.

Byline: Ben Glaze

THE parents of a cyclist killed on a training ride have pledged to raise cash for a road safety charity in her memory.

Kate Auchterlonie died when she fell from her bike on Caerphilly Mountain following a collision with a green Honda Prelude.

Her family yesterday announced the 28-year-old Oxford University graduate's funeral would take place at Thorn hill Crematorium in Cardiff at 9.30am on Friday.

Her parents George Auchterlonie, of Roath, Cardiff, and Sue Wilshere, of Penylan, asked mourners to "dress in a style to celebrate Kate's life".

And they requested donations in lieu of flowers to homeless charity Crisis, where Kate had previously volunteered, and road safety campaign group Brake.

Kate, who went to Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff before studying politics, philosophy and economics at Exeter College, Oxford, celebrated her birthday on Valentine's Day - three days before last Tuesday's 9.15am tragedy.

At the time of her death she was taking a foundation course with a view to doing a degree in chiropractic at the University of Glamorgan in Treforest.

Dozens of Kate's friends have left tributes on a memorial website set up by her parents.

Martyn Heritage-Owen wrote on kateauchterlonie.blogspot.com: "As a new cycling friend of Kate this news has come as a terrible reminder to live life to the full.

"Whenever I saw you, I was impressed with your enthusiasm and it was clear that you had talent combined with a happy smile.

"Reading of your accomplishments it's clear that you were a woman of many talents and I'm sure many of us are the poorer for your passing."

Harri Grace said: "I was so sad dened to hear the news. She was the sort of person who made you feel honoured to even know her." Kate was also a passionate anti-people trafficking campaigner and worked with the charity STOP (Trafficking UK).

Chief executive Juliet Singer said: "We send our deepest sympathy in memory of Kate, to her family and friends.

"She worked closely with the charity and we are proud to have had this association."

TheHonda's28-year-old driver, who is from Caerphilly, was arrested on suspicion of causing Kate's death by dangerous driving, and has been released on bail. Witnesses to the crash have been urged to call Gwent Police on 01633 838 111 or 01633 643 091.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 24, 2009
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