Husband and wife nursing team plan epic cycle to Dorset in memory of infant niece
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A husband-and-wife team who are both nurses are planning a 350 mile cycle for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) after their niece, Lola, sadly died last year after being cared for there.
Jon Fahey, 35, and his wife Lisa, 30, will cycle from their home in Oulton Broad to West Bay in Dorset, a journey which should take them six days.
Mr Fahey is a nurse for the Great Yarmouth Adult Acute Service and Mrs Fahey is a charge nurse at the Dragonfly Unit in Oulton Broad.
Mr Fahey said his brother Matthew and his partner Erika had twins, Ruby and Lola last year, who were both born prematurely.
He said: 'The twins were both very poorly when they were born,
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'Ruby returned home but Lola was transferred to Luton and Dunstable Hospital and subsequently GOSH a few months later for more specialist care.
'She remained there for five to six weeks, until we were told there was no more they could do and they let her go.'
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Matthew, along with two other brothers, Louis and Keeran, are also cycling, and they will be greeted by their parents at the finish line. They plan to travel about 60 miles a day, passing through Manningtree, Grays, Brighton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, before arriving in West Bay on June 22, the anniversary of Lola's death.
Mr Fahey said: 'The start and finish locations of the ride are very poignant to us all as we found out Lola had sadly passed away while travelling this route to a family holiday in Dorset in June 2016.
'We used to go to Dorset every year as a family as my grandparents had a caravan there.
'A year later we are honouring the care GOSH gave to Lola while she was very ill.'
Matthew Fahey, who lives in Luton, said he was looking forward to the ride, although it would be a challenge since he had not cycled regularly since he was 15. He said he wanted to thank the medical team which supported them after the death of their daughter.
He said: 'The doctors, in fact all the staff, without exception, were hugely supportive to me and my family and made our experience as comfortable as possible. It is for this reason I am taking up the challenge.'
To donate to the Faheys' appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MATT-FAHEY4