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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Business owners in cycling challenge for charity in memory of Ulverston mum and daughter

THE heartbreaking story of a husband from Ulverston who lost his wife and baby daughter just six days apart has inspired members of the business community to get on their bikes.

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CHALLENGE David Wood, fourth left, whose wife and baby daughter died within six days of each other, is pictured at Furness General Hospital with staff from the Special Care Baby Unit and some of his friends who are joining him on his fundraising bike ride from Whitby to Walney. Now a group of local business owners will be embarking on a coast-to-coast ride in aid of the Nicola and Charlotte Fund HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50065091B000

Eleven keen amateur cyclists will ride from one side of the country to another next month to raise funds for the charity trust set up by Ulverston’s David Wood.

Mr Wood’s wife Nicola, 28, died suddenly on May 3, two days after the baby she was expecting was due.

The couple’s baby, Charlotte Rose, was delivered but died six days later.

But devastated Mr Wood, 29, was determined to make sure some good came from their tragic deaths.

He set up the Nicola and Charlotte Fund, to raise £30,000 for specialist equipment for Furness General Hospital and the Sharoe Green Unit at Royal Preston Hospital.

His decision inspired David Pennick of Photo Express in Ulverston and fellow business owners to do their part by cycling 180 miles in three days.

He said: “We’d actually already decided to do a coast-to-coast ride and quite a lot of the folk know David so when this happened we decided to raise money for the trust he’d set up.

“We try to do bits and pieces for charity and this came along and we thought that’s right up our alley because we always try and help the local community.”

Fundraisers are well on their way to the halfway point of their goal and Mr Pennick is hopeful they will exceed their target.

He said: “It seems to be going quite well. The overall target is £30,000, and hopefully we can raise in excess of that.

“We will just try and do the very best we can for them.

“Some people have been really, really generous. Even little old ladies coming up and giving £100.”

Meanwhile, Mr Wood and a group of friends will be taking part in his own coast-to-coast ride in the opposite direction from Whitby to Walney on October 3 and 4.

Mr Pennick said: “We’ll have finished ours before they start theirs so hopefully that will give them a bit of a boost.

“We’ve been having a bit of banter with them because they are all younger than us and if the oldies can do it they’ve got no excuse.”

Anyone wishing to contribute can visit www.justgiving.com/David-Wood31/ to donate.

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