It is with great shock and immense sadness that we share news of the loss of one of our fundraisers, Jayne Gray, who was fatally injured yesterday (Wednesday 26 September) after a road traffic collision during our Cycle Zambia challenge.
Jayne, the Financial Controller at family business H & R Gray Haulage in Stirling, was taking part in her third cycle challenge with us.
Jayne leaves husband Robin, and two sons. We are supporting Jayne’s family and would ask you to please respect their privacy at this time of intense grief.
Transaid’s Chairperson Jo Godsmark, a friend of Jayne’s and her roommate on the trip, said from Zambia: “We are all in deep shock at what has happened and are struggling to come to terms with the loss of such a vibrant, funny and courageous woman as Jayne. Our thoughts and sympathies go to Jayne’s family and friends.”
Another cyclist – a support team member from Dream Challenges – was seriously injured in the incident and remains in hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Our team, together with Dream Challenges, is providing local support.
All other team members are safe and have been taken to a hotel, and we are arranging for them to travel home.
Transaid’s Chief Executive Caroline Barber has today travelled from Uganda to Zambia to be with the team. She said: “We are numb. Jayne was a hugely well-respected figure within the industry and a loyal supporter of Transaid.”
“As an organisation with such a close-knit network of supporters we know Jayne’s loss will be felt across the transport and logistics sector.”
The driver of the vehicle involved is in police custody. Investigations into the collision are ongoing and updates will be shared in due course.
Image: Jayne Gray, pictured during Cycle Zambia 2018 for Transaid