I am a Dad of two daughters, one who is already in heaven.
As a baby loss father I am always thinking about how to be a Dad to a daughter who is not here. I can’t cuddle or talk to her. How do I show her how much I love her? I know how to be a dad to a living child and have been practising this for 4 years; building igloos in the snow with Bella, taking her canoeing, teaching her to ride her bike. But I can’t do any of this for our precious baby Emma.
We lost little Emma in February 2018, and soon after contacted Pregnancy Crisis Care who offer an amazing counselling service. We were able to work through our grief and talk about how losing Emma has made us feel and has impacted on our life. The support they have provided us has been truly incredible.
Now as I learn how to be a dad to a daughter in heaven, cycling to Paris is just one way I can start to learn how to express my love for Emma and to raise money for an incredible charity.
Pregnancy Crisis Care (Plymouth) - a confidential, caring response for all pregnancy related crises
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About London to Paris Cycle-Tour de France Finale
I will be spending 4 days in the saddle, cycling 308 miles from capital to capital. My journey begins in London with the route taking me through glorious English countryside as I cycle from Kent to Dover, before crossing the Channel to Calais. Once across the water, I then need to start cycling ‘French style’, remembering to keep to the right! Then cycle along quiet French country lanes, through traditional market towns with views of the rolling green hills of Northern France, passing the war memorials and cemeteries of the Somme.A spectacular finish awaits as I reach the home stretch up the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe, before reaching the piece de resistance, the Eiffel Tower, which marks the finish line. And all this to arrive the day before the finale of the Tour de France!
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