Staff At Housing Group Cycling 500-Miles In Memory Of Preston Mum

The Gas Team at Progress Housing Group are taking on a 500-mile cycling challenge for Baby Beat in memory of a colleagues daughter.

The Leyland based team will be collectively cycling 500 miles on Sunday 30th May, to support the neo-natal charity in memory of Emma Bleasdale who tragically passed away in April.

Baby Beat seeks to save the lives of babies not yet born and give them the very best chance for life and the start of their journey into the world.

The neo-natal charity was founded in 1987 by a group of midwives and a Consultant Obstetrician who wanted to provide more foetal monitoring equipment for the growing maternity unit at the old Royal Preston Infirmary. 

The Leyland team have taken on the challenge for a colleague who tragically lost his daughter this year.

Thomas Slater, a member of the team, said: “On Monday 5th of April 2021, one of our work colleagues lost his daughter at the age of 39.

“She leaves behind her a lovely daughter aged 3 and without the wonderful staff at the maternity department at RPH she herself wouldn’t be here.

“Her dad Phil is part of our Team and we would like to bring some good from an awful situation.”

Despite not being avid cyclists, the team are determined to reach their goal for a cause very close to them:

“We are aiming to complete 500 miles mainly around the Guild Wheel circuit but colleagues living far and wide are doing their own bike rides locally.

“Everyone is looking forward to it. It’s for a good cause. None of us are regular cyclists so should be a good laugh.”

You can donate here to help the gas team raise as much as possible for Baby Beat.

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