Join in a cycle ride to boost stillbirth charity

Getting ready to roll for SANDS are, from left, Wayne Cooper, landlord and landlady Jason and Caroline Ward of The Black Horse and Matthew Thorley. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG190812-248NG To order pictures please visit WWW.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
Getting ready to roll for SANDS are, from left, Wayne Cooper, landlord and landlady Jason and Caroline Ward of The Black Horse and Matthew Thorley. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG190812-248NG To order pictures please visit WWW.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
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THE partner and father of would-be mum Casey Cooper are leading a sponsored cycle ride for the charity that supported her through the heartache of losing two babies in 2010 and 2011.

Would-be dad Matthew Thorley from Spalding and his father-in-law Wayne Cooper from Gosberton Risegate are asking others who have been through the tragedy of stillbirth or neo-natal death to pedal 25 miles with them on Saturday, September 22.

They are also looking for sponsors to raise cash for SANDS, (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) which counsels bereaved parents and funds medical research into the problem.

Casey and Matthew were helped by the charity’s Boston branch to hold a funeral for their two babies, Conner and Tia, who died at 24 and 22 weeks, and with emotional support through a difficult time.

Wayne said: “SANDS was really supportive to the whole family and it paid for a funeral which helped us through the grieving and gave us hope for the future.

“Casey and Matthew haven’t given up trying and she expecting another baby.

“She’s up to 22 weeks now and we’re all keeping our fingers crossed that this time we’ll be able to celebrate a new addition to the family.”

Through his local pub, The Black Horse, Wayne has already brought up to eight the number of cyclists taking part.

The plan is to leave the pub in Gosberton Risegate at 10.30am on the 22nd and pedal all around the villages for 25 miles, finishing back at the pub again.

In addition this Sunday’s weekly barbecue at The Black Horse on August 26 will become a Fun Day in aid of SANDS from 3pm, with a bouncy castle for the kids and live music from Kudos from 6.30pm.

Wayne is further supporting the charity by holding two Karaoke and Disco nights.

The first will be at the Riverside Hotel, Surfleet on September 22, and the second is on November 10 at The Fisherman’s Arms, Pode Hole.

l If you want to find out any more details in order to take part in the cycle ride or come along to any events, get more details from Wayne on 07729 431007.

If you are keen to donate directly to the charity or to sponsor the cycle ride, you can go online to www.justgiving.com/wayne_cooper3