Local family commemorate baby’s 1st birthday with fundraiser for leading stillbirth charity

Local man Ryan Sainsbury is on a journey to hopefully raise thousands of pounds for stillbirth research charity Tommy’s to mark what would’ve been his sister’s child’s first birthday.

The 30 year old, who is brother of Celebrate:MK’s ‘Shopping with Chantal’ columnist, has been cycling on average 150 miles per week to train for the London to Brighton bike ride which is due to take place on 13th September 2020. His campaign launched less than a month ago and has already raised over £1300.

Ryan’s sister and brother-in-law lost their first born child last September during birth for reasons unknown which sparked the idea of a fundraising campaign to support Tommy’s.

Mother Chantal, who had an otherwise healthy pregnancy said of their loss: “Seeing and holding your firstborn child in your arms for the first time when they have already passed away is the most earth-shattering thing… you can’t even begin to imagine the pain.

“The hope and anticipation of welcoming this new life in to the world, having all their things laid out ready in their room, and then seeing them for the first time, perfectly formed, perfectly beautiful – but never opening their eyes or take a breath is beyond the imaginable and is something no parent should ever have to experience.

“We would love everyone to get behind Ryan to help raise money and awareness of the Tommy’s charity to prevent this happening to other parents”.

Ryan, who was a self-confessed ‘exercise-phobe’ before he started this campaign is now cycling on average 40 miles every other day and hopes to raise hundreds more for the charity who fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents.

Tommy’s charity state that “it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy or birth and want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and to take home happy, healthy babies”.

To support this fundraising campaign please go to http://www.gofundme.com/f/ryans-london-to-brighton-bike-ride

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