Friends from Harleston and Wortwell take on a bike ride challenge

Ben Jackson and David Woodgate will be taking part in the Chase the Rising Sun bike ride event to ra

Ben Jackson and David Woodgate will be taking part in the Chase the Rising Sun bike ride event to raise money in memory of Mr Woodgate's son Harry. Picture: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

A man from Harleston will take on a 100 mile cycle challenge to help his friend whose son died five years ago.

Ben Jackson persuaded David Woodgate, from Wortwell, to participate in the ride.

And four weeks ago they decided to do it in memory of Mr Woodgate's son Harry who died from complication's shortly after birth.

It was the motivation to raise money for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS) that kept Mr Woodgate from pulling out of the Chase the Rising Sun bike ride when his friend, Mr Jackson, persuaded him to take part.

The 47-year-old, from Wortwell, said: 'I thought it was going to be too much of a challenge. Then we decided four weeks ago to do it for a charity and I wanted to do it for SANDS.


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'After the money kept rolling in I thought 'gosh I really have to do it'.'

Now in its second year, the Chase the Rising Sun event, organised by Cycle Sportives UK, will see Mr Woodgate and Mr Jackson set off from Hunstanton RNLI station at 9pm on June 11.

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They will follow the coastal road through Burnham Market, before passing Sheringham, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and arriving in Southwold in time for the sunrise at 4.30am.

Mr Jackson, 39, said he was looking forward to the event.

He said: 'We have completed 60 miles and we think we can do it. Fingers crossed it will be a nice night. We have already raised £700 and we would love to get to £1,000.'

Mr Woodgate's wife Jill said the thought of raising money in memory their son will help her husband complete the challenge.

She said: 'The charity took photos of Harry and hand prints and created memories for us. They would call us and they are always there if you need them.

'We wanted to give something back to help others who go through the same thing. We lost Harry on June 15 and the event is close to that.

'It will push him because he will be thinking about that.'

To sponsor Mr Woodgate and Mr Jackson visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Woodgate1

Are you taking part in a charity challenge? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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