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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Support pours in for grieving Ulverston dad’s quest

CASH has poured in from generous Evening Mail readers to help a grieving Ulverston man raise cash for the two hospitals that cared for his baby daughter.

David Wood lost his wife and little girl within six days of each other and he has vowed that he will make some good come out of their tragic deaths.

He has decided to take part in a sponsored bike ride and has so far raised a total of £10,298.22 on his JustGiving web page – one anonymous female reader handed in a cheque for £1,000 at the Evening Mail offices. The aim is to raise £30,000.

Mr Wood, 29, says he feels “humbled” by the support he is receiving for the Nicola and Charlotte Fund.

He said: “I’m completely overwhelmed by such an amazing gesture. I just wish I could thank the lady in question personally. People are being so generous and so supportive. It means so much to know how many people care.”

Nicola Wood, 28, of The Orchards, Ulverston, died suddenly on May 3, two days after the baby she was expecting was due. The baby, Charlotte Rose, was delivered but died in Royal Preston Hospital six days later.

Mr Wood, a partner in Turton and Wood Electricals in Ulverston, has embarked upon a fundraising campaign to buy vital equipment for the baby units at Furness General Hospital in Barrow and the Sharoe Green neo-natal unit at RPH.

Mr Wood plans to cycle the 180 miles from Whitby to Walney on October 3 and 4 to raise the funds.

He has never cycled long distances before but says his friends encouraged him to take it up in the weeks after the deaths of Nicola and Charlotte.

From a few friends deciding to undertake the Whitby to Walney ride, there are now 50 riders scheduled to take part with Mr Wood for the Nicola and Charlotte Fund, including Mr Wood’s business partner Chris Turton, who has also never cycled seriously before.

Members of the public can donate to the Nicola and Charlotte Fund by visiting the JustGiving website www.justgiving.com/David-Wood31.

Alternatively, donations can be made through the Evening Mail. Cheques should be made payable to The Nicola and Charlotte Fund.

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