A dad whose son was born three months early while he and his wife were holidaying in France will be taking part in a cycling challenge to raise funds for premature baby charities.
Chris Warren and wife Claire, who is head of photography at Fulwood Academy in Preston, were in France on holiday when Claire went into labour at just 29 weeks and ended up giving birth to Bradley at a French hospital.
Bradley had serious complications - a brain haemorrhage and hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of fluid on the brain.
A shunt was fitted to his brain to allow cerebral fluid to circulate.
The couple had to live in Orleans in France for three months until Bradley was well enough to come home.
Chris, 31, who is Lake District National Park’s head of strategy, is now planning to take part in a 1,000 km cycle ride with fellow rider Simon Hill, finance adviser for Lake District National Park.
Chris and Simon will leave Kendal on September 19 for Orleans in France. The journey will last five days and take in 120 miles.
Pedalling for Prematurity will support Bliss, Action Medical Research and the Orleans charity Bebe Plume which supported the family when Claire gave birth to Bradley.
Chris said: “They took incredible care of Bradley and had a great deal of warmth and support for us.
“Despite the language barrier, they did anything they could to help. We were even living with one of the midwives for three months.”
Bradley is now a year old and fit and healthy.
Inspired by the care Bradley received, Chris, who lives in Holme near Carnforth, decided to embark on the bike challenge to raise funds for other families.
He said: “I have written to Sir Bradley Wiggins to tell him about the challenge – as my son is named after him.
“It seemed like an appropriate way to make money, particularly in view of the Tour de France connection.”
• Sponsor Chris and Simon through: www.virginmoneygiving.com/cycletofrance. Track their journey on Facebook by searching for Pedalling for Prematurity.