Matthew Riley was an incredibly popular and talented student who had a very bright future ahead of him. Tragically, Matthew was killed in a motorcycle crash while he was backpacking around Cambodia – a lifelong dream that he had.
Matthew, who was from Ketton, in Rutland, was only 23 years old and he had decided to spend four weeks of his summer break from Lincoln University, where he was studying psychology and Marketing, in Cambodia. Tragically, a few days before Matthew was due to fly home he was killed in a crash that happened in the early hours of September 13, 2015.
When describing her son and the accident, Mrs. Riley said:
“He has always been gifted and took French exams when he was 13. He did really well.
“The details of the accident are very sketchy. We will know what happened. We keep hearing things but we don’t know.
“He was very careful and wore a full-faced helmet. Matthew was staying at a nearby hostel where the crash happened. We spoke every day. He was due to do his last year at university and the university has been very good. They have invited us to his graduation in September so he will still graduate.”
As well as graduating this year, Matthew had also planned to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge which is a challenge where participants climb to the top of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden – the three highest peaks in Scotland, England, and Wales.
The intention behind taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge was to raise money to donate to Diabetes UK and Mind in the memory of his granddad Kevin Dowling, who had died eight years earlier, and his aunt Anne-Marie Dowling, who sadly passed away three years ago.
Tragically Matthew won’t get the chance to see all of his plans through but his family and friends have stepped up and decided to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge in Matthew’s honour – while also using the challenge to raise additional funds to donate to a Cambodian children’s charity called CamKids.
“Matthew had spent some of time in Cambodia helping to teach children to swim. That was very typical of him. He was a very sociable person and keen to help out where he could.
“The inequality in Cambodia is huge. There’s some very wealthy people driving around in nice cars and some extremely poor people, especially children living on the streets.”
In preparation for the event, Garment Printing were incredibly humbled to be asked to create the printed T-Shirts which will be worn by everyone who is taking part in the challenge. We’d also like to help them to raise the money that they need to support these 3 incredibly worthwhile causes.
If you’d like to find out more about Matthew, Matt’s Mammoth Mountain Challenge or if you’d like to donate money to help these incredibly worthwhile causes – you can visit the Matt’s Mammoth Mountain challenge GoFundMe page.
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