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Man to cycle hundreds of miles as part of 'Ride 4 Joseph' challenge

Ride 4 Joseph - picture credited to Darren and Kay Collier

A man's beginning a special challenge today which will see him pass through a number of counties in England.

Darren Collier is attempting to cycle the hundreds of miles between Northolt and Truro on a BMX, dressed as a monkey.

Darren's doing the cycle to help raise money to start a charity in memory of his son Joseph, who died prematurely.

His route will take him through places including:

  • Slough
  • Reading
  • Newbury
  • Devizes
  • Bath
  • Glastonbury
  • Taunton
  • Tiverton
  • Okehampton
  • Lostwithiel
  • St Austell
  • Truro Lemon Quay
  • Truro Treliske Hospital

Darren and his wife Kay have told us some of the reasons behind the challenge:

"We lost our son Joseph James Collier at 23 weeks gestation. Sadly he was born sleeping. With Joseph being born before 24 weeks, he cannot be registered and therefore does not exist in this world. With no registration, there is no registered death. There is no trace of him on our family tree. 

"We want to change the options available and raise funds to set up a registered charity - Rest With Joseph. 

"This will allow parents to lay their sons/daughters to rest with dignity. To provide a resting burial and memorial garden that is solely dedicated to sleeping babies born through a late miscarriage. Where parents can reflect on their children and know that they are dancing and playing in an angel community, but to make the world know and realise they were born and existed. A resting ground to offer an option of support for families in desperate times of grief.

"In over a month of starting our campaign ‘Ride 4 Joseph’ to raise £5K to establish the charity, Rest With Joseph, we have raised over £3350.  

"We need to raise £5K to register the charity and further money to obtain the land."

Darren's told us he's feeling really motivated, despite how tough it may be:

"I'm sure I can do it as it's inside me.

"I'm doing it for a good reason as it's in memory of my little boy.

"I'm fit enough to do it - so I'm feeling confident."

We asked Darren how he'll feel when he crosses the finish line on Bank Holiday Monday:

"I think I'll be overwhelmed by it all.

"Doing this is going to bring a bit of closure to what's happened.

"Once we get the charity up and running, all things will be good."

You can take a look at the fundraising page set up for the challenge here.

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