Exercise-phobe from Acton Gets Fit for Bike Ride Challenge

Family tragedy inspires fund-raising effort from Ryan Sainsbury

Ryan Sainsbury raising funds for Tommy's


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A man from Acton who had previously been a self-confessed exercise-phobe is now cycling 150 miles a week in preparation to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride.

Last year on 29 September Ryan Sainsbury's sister, Chantal, gave birth to Isaac. Despite his mother being low-risk and having a healthy pregnancy, Isaac was still born. Doctors were unable to give a definitive reason why Isaac didn’t survive labour.

The London to Brighton bike ride will be taking place just short of a year after Isaac’s death and Ryan has decided it would be a way to commemorate what would have been his nephew’s first birthday.

He will be fundraising for the leading stillbirth research charity in the UK called Tommy’s and has already received over £1,300 in donations.

Chantal said, “Last September my husband David and I, sadly lost our first child during labour at full-term for reasons unknown. As you can imagine, seeing and holding your firstborn child in your arms for the first time when they have already passed away is the most earth-shattering thing… you can’t even begin to imagine the pain. It’s something no parent should ever have to experience which is why we would love everyone to get behind Ryan and help raise money and awareness of the Tommy’s charity to prevent this happening to other parents.”

If you want to support Ryan’s efforts his fundraising page is here.

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July 28, 2020


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