13th March 2024

You might remember Chris. A few years back, he cycled from his home in Wiltshire to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) to raise money in memory of his son Franklin.

At the end of May 2020, Franklin stopped breathing and was taken to BRHC, where Chris and his wife Kate were advised to turn off his life support machines two days later.

So far Chris has raised more than £9,000 for charity to say thank you to the staff who care for Franklin.

For his latest charity challenge, he's cycling the North Coast 500. That's 500 miles of cycling, in just five days, and including 1,700m of inclines every day. Oh, and he's doing it on a road bike.

The money Chris raises will be split between BRHC and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

He said: "Before I started training for this challenge, I hadn't cycled 100 miles in one go before, let alone attempted to do it five days in a row. But he who dares, wins!

I want to show my support to those who helped us say goodbye to Franklin, in the hope that no-one else will have to go through it.

"We had hand and feet moulds made on the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and were given some valuable last few hours with Franklin in the Rainbow Room. If it wasn't for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the incredible staff in PICU, we wouldn't have been able to say goodbye. 

"They are true superheroes."

Chris's challenge will take place from 28th May to 1st June. He'll be joined by his wife Kate and his daughters Evelyn, two, and Eleanor, nine months, who'll be following him round the coast in a rented camper van.

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