Sam Harding was tragically killed in a road accident when cycling along the Holloway Road in north London on 6th August 2011. He was 25 years old. His death was one of fourteen cyclist fatalities to have occurred on the streets of London in 2011.
Sam worked in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. At the time of his death he was working for the online travel company, Voyage Prive. Previously he had worked for a ski travel company, and for two years he had been the manager of the Prince of Wales pub in Covent Garden. Sam loved travel and had visited or worked in many places, including the United States, Grenada, Croatia, China, Australia, and New Zealand.
As well as enjoying cycling in London, Sam was also a keen walker and an explorer of the back streets and neighbourhoods of his native city. Sam’s mother, Jenny Townsend, who died of cancer in 1999, was a well-known and respected London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Sam’s father, Keith, also works as a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, as well as being a writer and trainer in the English Language Teaching sector, where one of his specialisms is English for Tourism. Sam had similar ambitions to become a guide, and travel and tourism was certainly in his blood.
‘Go Make It Happen!’ aims to continue the legacy of Sam’s life, not just by supporting young people who want to be involved in travel and tourism but by maintaining the spirit of friendship, fun and community which was central to Sam’s life, and which is testified by the numerous friends and memories he has left behind.
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