Two men are ready to take on a 300-mile cycle ride to raise money for a charity that supports people affected by the death of a baby.
Marc Smith and Andy West will set off from Stamford on their way to Paris on Thursday.
The men are raising money for Sands, the charity that helped Marc after the tragic death of his unborn twins on Christmas Eve last year.
Marc’s wife Rachel was 27 weeks pregnant with Arabella and Madeleine when they died. They had developed in the same sac within the womb, a one-in-60,000 form of pregnancy which can lead to serious complications.
Marc, of Brick Lane, Belton-in-Rutland, took up cycling to help him cope with the grief, and eventually decided to thank Sands by taking on a charity challenge.
Marc, who is a partner at Jim’s Yard in Stamford, said: “Training has been going great. The last two weeks slowed down due to being really busy in the restaurant, but nothing will stop me completing this.
“I am doing this for my two daughters. I feel they know what I’m doing and why. I know that’s strange, but I want them to be proud of me. “
Marc and Andy were aiming to raise £3,000, but have already reached almost £8,000. Marc added: “It almost brings me to tears what we have achieved.”
To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/A-West.