05 AUGUST 2016
Taking part in a 107 mile bike ride round Anglesey while raising money for a still birth and neonatal death charity has presented a new challenge for 61-year-old sales manager Peter Wormleighton – not least as he had not ridden a bike for 20 years!
Peter, of Cottam, Preston, who is sales manager for Dugdale Nutrition of Clitheroe, has a very special reason for taking part in the sportive, Tour de Mon, bike ride on Sunday, 21 August 2016 as his grandson, David was stillborn ‘sleeping’. He says: “I know how I felt when David was born sleeping, what I will never be able to fully understand is how my son and daughter in law felt and still do." Peter has been married to Christine for 11 years and they have four children and eight young grandchildren between them.
“The UK has one of the highest rates of perinatal deaths in the UK and the shocking reality is that over 100 babies are stillborn or die under one month old every week. My charity, SANDS, offers support to anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth. They also offer emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends, health professionals and others and also fund research to help answer the questions that surround stillbirth and neonatal death. There is more information on the SANDS website www.uk-sands.org.”
He adds: “I was looking for a challenge and Tour de Mon – Tour of Anglesey – seemed ideal. The ride starts and ends at Newry Beach in Holyhead following the Anglesey coast for most of the way with its fantastic scenery. It is also relatively flat which helps me! By the time of the event, I will have been training for six months so feel that while the ride will be tough, it is achievable for me.”
Of course Peter is not averse to use his salesmanship skills to build sponsors both direct to him and through www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PeterWorm. The Tour de Mon website is at http://tourdemon.co.uk. He can also be contacted on 07866 369609.