Dad’s cycle mission for Little Ted’s appeal

Phil May is doing a 104-mile cycle for the Babybeat/Little Ted's Appeal

Phil May is doing a 104-mile cycle for the Babybeat/Little Ted's Appeal

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A dad is about to embark on a 104-mile charity cycle from the Royal Preston Hospital to Cumberland Infirmary in aid of the newly-formed Little Ted’s Room fund.

The charity was set up by Euxton couple Rachael Marsden and Spencer Davis, whose son Thomas Edward was stillborn earlier this year.

Following the tragedy, they set out to raise £25,000 to soundproof two rooms in the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit.

They have already managed to raise more than £16,000.

Phil May, 32, heard about the appeal and wanted to help following the birth of his own baby Travis 16 months ago.

He said: “I heard about little Thomas and the difficulty Spencer and Rachael went through and just felt like I wanted to help in some way so decided to do the bike ride. Every penny helps and to date I have managed to raise over £400 but need the support of the community to raise this figure further.”

Karen Entwistle, Baby Beat appeal manager, said: “ Giving birth under those circumstances is devastating and unfortunately hearing the sound of crying babies is without doubt enormously distressing. It is an additional sadness on top of such a sad situation. With the funds to date we will be able to commence phase one of the project with work starting on the first room soon. This will prevent this situation in future and we are enormously grateful to both Spencer and Rachael for their outstanding generosity and support.”

Phil’ is looking ro reach £1,000 in sponsorship. Visit www.justgiving.com/littletedsride