Tommy's fundraising stories, 25/08/2017
Today Laura and her husband along with a number of other incredible individuals will set out from London on bike to raise vital funds for Tommy's.
The route starts at one of the most famous landmarks in London, Trafalgar Square, before heading down The Mall past Buckingham Palace, over the Thames and out of London through Richmond Park- a royal park with herds of deer- to the Surrey Hills.
The route takes in much of the 2012 London Olympics road race course, heading over famous climbs such as Box Hill, before heading back into London.
Having completed a bike ride last year in memory of James and raised an incredible 14k, this year the team are hoping to achieve something similar again.
"September 15th 2015 was the saddest day in our lives. Our beautiful son James George Southwell was born. But devastatingly he was stillborn. I was 35 weeks pregnant.
We are raising money for Tommy’s because of their research into stillbirth and miscarriage. The grief that comes along with loosing a baby is immense and overwhelming and any support that Tommy’s offer is invaluable."
Around 2.6 million stillbirths (the death of a baby at 24 weeks' gestation or more) occur globally each year. In the UK, that equates to 9 stillborn babies a day and untold heartbreak for their families.
We are incredibly grateful to Gavin and his team for their incredible support, we couldn't do it without you. If you would like to learn more about the ride or to sponsor this incredible challenge, see the London80 website.
Are you inspired by Laura and Gavin's incredible story? Then, click here to see how you can take on a challenge for Tommy’s.
There are times when it all feels like too much, but at those times I think of my daughter, who was such a fighter, and suddenly everything seems more manageable again.
"I truly feel without the support of the EPU and the peace of mind given to us through the Tommy's study we would not be where we are today."
Little Anderson was born under the care of the Tommy's Early Miscarriage Research Centre at London Imperial.
My miscarriage story started in February 2016- it was early, at about 6 weeks and I put it down to one of those things.
Looking back at our experience of miscarriage, 10 years on: a partner's perspective