Welwyn woman’s cycle to Paris in memory of stillborn son

PUBLISHED: 13:27 10 May 2012

Lucy Wheeler, Rachel Canter

Lucy Wheeler, Rachel Canter


GO All The Way For Jake is the message being carried by fundraising cyclists who set off on a 300 mile journey to Paris for charity yesterday (Wednesday).

Rachel Canter was joined by some friends and students at the Royal College of Midwives who left London in a, four-day challenge in memory of her stillborn son Jake.

The mission, entitled Go All The Way For Jake, is aimed is to raise £28,000 for the charity which will give a scholarship to a midwife for training to help support bereaved parents.

Rachel set up the charity with her husband Andrew when their son, Jake, was stillborn in 2005, after they were sent on a 27-minute detour when a hospital’s maternity unit was closed to new admissions.

Since then, the Welwyn couple have been determined to ensure Jake left a lasting legacy, setting up the National Maternity Support Foundation (NMSF) in his memory

“We want to continue to build Jake’s scholarship network in the UK and your money will help do this,” the Oaklands resident said before she set off on the journey.

“The training for this cycle has been really strenuous and I have been going out in all weathers, but of course it’s something very close to my heart so that will keep me going.”

Rachel, of Turpins Chase, decided to take on this latest task to mark her turning 40.

She had once completed the London Marathon, in 2003, and was then a keen runner – but now has turned her attention to cycling.

“Before I started this I had never really been much of cyclist, but I am always up for a bit of a challenge.

“I think the hardest bit will be the first day from Crystal Palace to Dover without stopping, it’s around 95 miles and full of hills.”

Once she completes her task Rachel will enjoy a day’s break in Paris to recover.

So far she has raised £2,265 of her £2,500 target.

To back her bid visit www.justgiving.com/goallthewayforjake or click on the link (top right).

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