Last month, we announced that one of our Project Managers, Steve Gray, was cycling over 100 miles to raise money for Bliss, a charity devoted to meeting the needs of babies who are born prematurely or sick. We’re delighted to announce that Steve has successfully completed his mission, and raised an incredible £502.92 in the process.
Dividing the distance over two consecutive weekends, Steve rode 50 miles on the 15th September and another 67 miles on the 22nd, battling non-stop rain on the second ride. The extra mileage was due to a detour Steve took to reach St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, where his daughter, Alice, was born prematurely. “It felt right to go the extra distance, so I could thank the nurses who took care of my daughter in person,” says Steve, “I met my wife and Alice at the hospital, and the nurse in charge of the NICU let us speak with parents who were spending time with their little ones. Seeing Alice – who was born even earlier – gave these parents hope that their babies would get better with the care and support of the nurses.”
After the hospital visit, Steve had the final leg of the journey still to complete. Spurred by words of encouragement from the nurses and parents, he conquered the steep sections of hills and roads known as ‘Death Ride’ and ‘Bash Dash’ and arrived home exhausted, but exhilarated. Steve was welcomed with a surprise party thrown by his friends, family and neighbours, to celebrate his commendable achievement.
Steve’s efforts are part of a wider campaign launched by Bliss; ‘Go The Distance’ aims to highlight the considerable distances that some parents have to travel to be by their child’s side, and encourages fundraisers to take on a 100 mile challenge to raise money.
You can still support Steve – click here to donate.