Father takes on RideLondon-Surrey 100 for premature twins
British cycling is riding the crest of a wave after an incredible Olympic year. Malcolm Vincent (48) was in the crowd at the Olympic velodrome last summer when the GB women's pursuit team, including Joanna Rowsell MBE, won gold.
But that’s not the only reason keen cyclist and ex-rugby player Malcolm decided to take on the RideLondon-Surrey 100, which takes place along the Olympic 2012 road cycling route in August this year.
Malcolm will be raising money for children’s charity Action Medical Research, to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Joanna Rowsell is the charity’s cycling ambassador.
On Tuesday 10 July 2012 Malcolm’s wife Leona gave birth to identical twins Emily and Brooke, sisters to older brother Adam born in August 2011. Monitoring revealed Brooke was suffering from potentially fatal growth restriction in her mother’s womb. The baby girls were born 10 weeks premature by emergency C-section. At birth Brooke was just 1.1kg and Emily 1.3kg.
“They were so tiny and vulnerable. Both were born with heart murmurs and it was six weeks before our baby girls came home. They are both now happy and healthy, although still small for their age. We really are very fortunate.”
Over 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK, yet doctors still don’t know what causes it or how to prevent it.
“I’m really excited about the event and about giving something back to benefit other premature babies by raising vital funds for a cause so close to my heart,” says Malcolm.
RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a closed road event from the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London to the beautiful Surrey Hills and then back again into London to finish on The Mall.
Guaranteed places with the charity are now full, but it is possible to register interest and be added to a reserve list. Action Medical Research is also calling on any riders who already have a guaranteed place via the ballot to help raise funds for the charity. For details contact Oly Watts on 01403 327443 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The charity organises some of the most popular and respected cycling events in the UK: RIDE100 series, Action DIVA, Action End 2End and Action 3 Cities.
Joanna Rowsell MBE and cycling ambassador for the charity says: “Riding for Action Medical Research is a great way to raise money as well as get fit and the charity has a wide variety of different events, including some women’s only events, which suit both beginners as well as experienced cyclists.”
To sponsor Malcolm go to his sponsorship page at: http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/malcolmvincent
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
High-res pics of Malcolm, his wife and children can be downloaded from these links
Malcolm on his bike:
Leona with premature twins in hospital:
Recent: Malcolm and family (Malcolm, Brooke, Adam, Leona, Emily):
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.
We want to make a difference in:
- tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
- helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
- targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.
Action Medical Research has 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.
The RIDE100 series is supported by Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration. For more information about Trek, visit www.trekbikes.com
Charity reg.nos 208701 and SC039284.