Penwortham Man Smashes 113-mile Cycling Challenge And Raises Over £2000 For Local Neonatal Charity

Dave Rose took on one of the most gruelling cycling challenges in the UK to raise funds for Baby Beat in memory of his friend’s late daughter.

The Penwortham man completed the Fred Whitton Challenge, a 113-mile sportive around the Lake District. He explains why he wanted to take on this challenge for Baby Beat:

“Nearly 4 years ago, my friends Mark and Amy had a little girl who they named Harper. On the 2nd September 2020, she would have turned 4. Unfortunately, Harper stopped breathing at home and passed away at only two days old. 

“With this in mind, myself and friends have decided to raise money for the fantastic charity Baby Beat based at Royal Preston Hospital. They support newborns into the world by giving them the best opportunity of survival at such a vulnerable time.”

Dave and his team Credit: Kelvin Stuttard

The Fred Whitton Challenge is famed for being one of the hardest cycling challenges in the UK and Dave says that it lives up to the hype:

“It was as it says on the tin really. I’m only a novice cyclist, I started to ride a bit more back in March but I do like a challenge, I did one back in March climbing Mount Everest on my stairs. The aim was to cycle 113 miles in under 12 hours but we actually did it in eight and a half, we did have a couple of food stops along the way because you are burning 8000 calories, its maybe four or five days worth of energy so we were having to replenish quite regularly.”

Dave having a pit stop Credit: Kelvin Stuttard

This isn’t Daves first fundraiser of the year, we reported on him back in March, he raised £2,482 for NHS Charites Together by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest on his stairs at home during lockdown.

Credit: Kelvin Stuttard

Cathy Skidmore, Temporary Manager at Baby Beat, praised Dave and his team for their efforts:

“This is such a big event and one that we definitely don’t envy David for tackling! We are so grateful to him and to all of his friends participating for their support, as any funds raised will go a long way to improving things for mothers and babies on our maternity units. Thank you, David and friends!”

You can still donate to help Dave raise as much as possible for Baby Beat by clicking here.

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