Marc Smith raises over £9,000 for the Sands charity after Paris cycle

Marc Smith and Andy West at the Arc de Triomph in Paris
Marc Smith and Andy West at the Arc de Triomph in Paris
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A father has completed a 300-mile cycle ride to Paris, raising more than £9,000 for a charity that helps bereaved families.

Marc Smith and friend Andy West took on the route from Stamford to the French capital in memory of Marc’s twin daughters, Arabella and Madeleine.

The two girls died in the womb at 27 weeks. They had developed in the same sac, a one-in-60,000 form of pregnancy which can lead to serious complications.

Following the girls’ death Marc and his wife Rachel, of Brick Lane, Belton-in-Rutland, were helped by the Sands charity.

Marc also took up cycling to help him deal with the loss and decided to give something back to the charity by taking on the Paris challenge.

He said: “The challenge was the hardest I’ve ever done. I had a knee injury the first 60 miles in and on the first day we did 124 miles. I’d never done over 76 miles so that was massive.

“Each day my knee got worse so I used kinesio tape and pain killers - nothing was going to stop me completing this for my girls.”

Marc, who is a partner at Jim’s Yard in Stamford, thanked Andy for joining him on the ride. He also paid tribute to Jim and Sharon Trevor of Jim’s Yard, who travelled along with the pair as a support team.

He added: “We never gave up. I’m proud of that, and we have raised near £9,300 at the moment. We now want a new challenge on the bike.”