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12 October 2018

Charity cycle for baby loss raises over £1,600

On Saturday October 6, a five-man team from DP World London Gateway completed a challenging 125 mile cycle to its sister port at DP World Southampton to raise funds on behalf of Tommy’s

Tommy’s is a local charity that works to save babies’ lives by funding research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth as well as providing parents-to-be with pregnancy health information. 

Poor weather conditions on the day - it was typically cold, wet and windy autumnal weather - made the cycle particularly ‘gruelling’, according to team member Andrew Browne.

Despite other challenges on the route that encompassed climbing gradients in excess of 24%, including a double puncture, sickness and a split tyre, the team completed the journey in just over nine hours at an average speed of 13mph.  

Speaking about the last stint of the demanding journey, Andrew Browne, said:

“It was dark and along narrow roads covered in debris from the torrential rain earlier that day…by this time we were all tired, our bodies fatigued and senses numbed…we finally reached DP World Southampton at 8.40pm, 125 miles done!”

The cycle, coincided with Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October) and has raised £1,600 for the charity to date - with this tremendous total still growing! 

The cycle is just one of many initiatives undertaken by DP World staff to support local communities.  DP World London Gateway also supports local charities, Little Havens and Meningitis Now. As well as releasing its staff to undertake volunteer work in a range of sectors, supporting education, the local environment and tackling homelessness.

Pictured to the left:

The London Gateway cycling team: Ernesto Leiva, Marc Tobin, Jeff Bell, Andrew Browne, Andrew Pigney