Grieving couple get on their bikes for charity

The group at Lake Windermere
The group at Lake Windermere
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A Chorley couple who lost their twin babies through miscarriage organised a gruelling 66-mile bike ride to raise money for charity.

Claire and Gavin Cunliffe, both 35, lost their identical twins in May this year when Claire was 16 weeks pregnant.

“The money that is raised for Aching Arms will help us bring comfort to more families who have suffered the heartbreak of pregnancy and baby loss.”

Leanne Turner, founding trustee of Aching Arms

They decided they wanted to raise money for baby loss charity Aching Arms and the charity Tamba, which offers support to people expecting twins or triplets, by riding from the shore of Windermere to the Pear Tree pub in Bamber Bridge.

Aching Arms provides comfort bears to hospitals across the UK for midwives to give to newly-bereaved families and it also sends bears directly to those who request them via the website www.achingarms.co.uk, Facebook or Twitter.

There are 35 hospitals offering Aching Arms bears and in the last year more than 800 comfort bears have been given in hospitals or sent directly to bereaved families.

The ride took place in October during national Baby Loss Awareness Week, and raised £610 for Aching Arms and £612 for Tamba.

Claire and Gavin enlisted the help of friends and family, with a total of 11 riders taking part.

Leanne Turner, founding trustee of Aching Arms, said: “We are very grateful that Claire and the team have done this amazing challenge to raise money for us and Tamba.

“The money that is raised for Aching Arms will help us bring comfort to more families who have suffered the heartbreak of pregnancy and baby loss.”

Anyone who would like to donate can visit www.justgiving.com/Claire-Roe4.