A father is to take part in a gruelling 100-mile cycle challenge this month to raise money to help battle conditions affecting babies and young children.
Malcolm Vincent, from Kettering, will be pedalling along the Olympic route for Action Medical Research after his twin daughters were born 10 weeks premature by emergency Caesarean section.
Malcolm’s wife Leona gave birth to identical twins Emily and Brooke in July last year. Monitoring revealed Brooke was suffering from potentially fatal growth restriction in her mother’s womb, and at birth Brooke was just 1.1kg (2lb 7oz) and Emily 1.3kg (2lb 14oz).
The 48-year-old was also in the crowd at the Olympic velodrome last summer when the GB women’s pursuit team, including Joanna Rowsell – an ambassador for the charity – won gold.
He said: “They were so tiny and vulnerable. Both were born with heart murmurs and it was six weeks before our baby girls came home. They are both now happy and healthy, although still small for their age. We really are very fortunate.”
More than 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK, but doctors still do not know what causes it or how to prevent it.
“I’m really excited about the event and about giving something back to benefit other premature babies by raising vital funds for a cause so close to my heart,” Malcolm added.
Joanna Rowsell said: “Riding for Action Medical Research is a great way to raise money as well as get fit and the charity has a wide variety of different events, including some women’s only events, which suit both beginners as well as experienced cyclists.”
To sponsor Malcolm and support Action Medical Research go to his online sponsorship page at: http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/malcolmvincent.