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Fleet dad-of-two's legacy 'kept alive' after tragic death

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Fleet dad-of-two's legacy 'kept alive' after tragic death

Published at 6:00am 31st May 2017. (Updated at 6:19am 31st May 2017)

A Fleet woman has told Eagle of her devastation - more than two weeks after her husband failed to return home from a run.

Helen Molyneux-Baldwin said Mark's death has broken her and her family, but she has vowed to keep his legacy alive by continuing a project that has been described as his dream.

An extensive police search was launched for Mark Baldwin on Sunday May 14 with specialist officers, along with a police helicopter, called in to help.

Two days later, a body was pulled from Basingtoke Canal, an area where Mark frequently went running.

"Because it was just so obviously unexpected, it just completely broke us." Helen told Eagle.

Along with two daughters and a wife, the 45 year-old left behind a project that he had just started, which had always been his dream.

It was to start his own cycling brand, with profits raised going to charity.

He had already designed a kit for 'Eat Cake Tri Cycling' and had was even about to place his first order.

Helen said: "There's a group of cyclists that go out every Saturday, mainly to a coffee shop.

"They'll cycle 20 or 30 miles to a coffee shop and then cycle back, so the point was to go out and eat cake.

"That was the whole point of it, it wasn't just go out there as fast as you can, it was have a nice time so cake and cycling was the natural fit."

Mark Baldwin

Mark Baldwin

Speaking about why she and Mark's friends felt so strongly about continuing this idea, Helen said: "I wanted to do something that the whole community could be a part of.

"When Mark went missing, everybody went out looking for him and people that didn't know Mark went out looking for him in the night with torches.

"It was something that we thought everyone could get involved in and would be really positive for the community as well as to keep Mark's memory alive."

A crowdfunding page has been set up with a target of £2,500 to launch Eat Cake Tri Cycling, within a day that had already been reached.

Over £3,900 has now been raised, which has come as a comfort to Helen during a very difficult time: "It was amazing and the messages have been incredible.

"It's lovely because people that don't even know him are giving which is incredible.

"He (Mark) said he would just be so proud to see everyone wearing the kit, he said it would make him really proud if they could all go out on their rides and wear the Eat Cake Tri cycling kit.

"I know he would be incredibly proud and really pleased that it's actually happening."

You can support Eat Cake Tri Cycling through the Just Giving page. 

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