Cavenham couple cycle 1,000km and raise nearly £7,000 for MyWiSH Charity as a legacy for daughter Kendall
A Cavenham couple who set out to cycle 484km and raise £500 during March ended up covering 1,000km and – so far – raising nearly £7,000.
Molly and Jack Deal intended to cover the distance to Bury St Edmunds’ French twin town Compiegne to raise funds for MyWiSH Charity, after they lost their daughter Kendall on New Year’s Eve.
They were so touched by the support they received at West Suffolk Hospital during and after the miscarriage at 16 weeks and six days they named their daughter after one of the midwives who helped them.
Then, they started thinking how they could give something back to help others going through the same experience.
Having bought a new spin bicycle, they set their mileage and fund-raising target, never expecting to raise £6,930 or complete 1,000km.
“The support has been absolutely amazing, we didn’t expect it. We have had a lot of anonymous donations and we think it is because it is a subject which resonates with people,” said Molly, 27.
Neither of the couple describe themselves as cyclists so invested in cycle shorts ahead of the challenge, however they found it still took its physical toll.
“We said we would cycle on alternate days but ended up doing every single day. We reached our target distance halfway through the month and thought we couldn’t stop there, so we doubled the target and managed 1,000km,” said Molly.
“The cycle shorts helped and we got used to it, but our legs did struggle a bit.”
Molly said the challenge gave her and Jack, 32, something to focus on following such a hard time.
“This money will help other people who go through what we have. It means a lot to us,” she said.
MyWiSH hopes to spend the funds on memory boxes and Forget Me Not seeds.
“We were given a memory box when we had Kendall. There were two teddies – one for her and one for us – a certificate of life for us to write her date and name on, memory cards where the staff took pictures of her hand and foot, a little candle and a book,” said Molly.
“During something so difficult it was so lovely for us to have that. It was hugely comforting.
“Now, knowing that money is giving back is a legacy for Kendall as well.”
Sally Daniels, MyWiSH fund-raising manger, said: "Our fund-raisers never cease to amaze us. Molly and Jack have turned their tragedy into something that allows baby Kendall to leave an incredible legacy to help so many others.
"The total raised is a real testimony to the pair and the donations and messages of support really spurred them on and allowed them to know they’re not alone. Thank you to them both for supporting My WiSH Charity."
Donate at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-deal5