Local man David Rose is set to take on one of the most famously difficult cycling challenges in support of neonatal charity Baby Beat.
The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 113-mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Harknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes.
While the official Fred Whitton Challenge is cancelled for 2020, David and 10 of his friends will be taking on the challenge together and asking for donations to David’s JustGiving page. Currently at £410, the target amount is £2,500.
David, from Penwortham, will be taking on the challenge on 12th September 2020 in memory of Harper Barden, the daughter of David’s friends Mark and Amy Barden who sadly passed away. It was Mark who suggested David pick Baby Beat as his chosen charity.
“I am no stranger to a difficult challenge in the name of a good cause, and I am really looking forward to this one! I recently managed to raise £3,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing the Everest Challenge on the stairs, and I am hoping to see the same success for this one, so that I can show my continued support for the NHS. My friend Mark pointed me in the direction of Baby Beat, and I will be completing the challenge in honour of his daughter Harper, who we sadly lost. I’d be really grateful to anyone who could show some support, even in small amounts. Thank you!”
Cathy Skidmore, Temporary Manager at Baby Beat, said:
“This is such a big event, and one that we definitely don’t envy David for tackling! We are so grateful to him and to all of his friends participating for their support, as any funds raised will go a long way to improving things for mothers and babies on our maternity units. Thank you David and friends!”
To support David, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-rose50.