Laura Baillie, born premature, takes on DIVA Sussex charity bike ride | Action Medical Research

Laura Baillie, born premature, takes on DIVA Sussex charity bike ride

7 May 2014

27-year-old, Hove resident, Laura Baillie will join hundreds of women and TV star Davina McCall on Sunday 11 May on the Action DIVA Sussex bike ride. Riders will be raising vital funds for children’s charity Action Medical Research and it’s not too late to join in the fun – you can decide on the day and still join in.

For cycling newcomer Laura, Marketing Assistant at local Sussex based company Icon Live, the event will be her first organised ride. The charity cause is also one that is close to her heart as she was born prematurely at just 27 weeks.

Laura was in hospital for the first six weeks of her life, spending the majority of these in an incubator in intensive care. She required a blood transfusion and was also given injections to help her lungs develop. Her parents were advised that she may have lung/chest issues later in life, but thankfully the only issue she has had is mild asthma.

Laura says: “I’ve had some issues with my knee in the past, so was looking for a physical challenge other than running. I chose to ride the DIVA Sussex to support Action Medical Research because of my personal link to the work that the charity funds around prematurity. It’s going to be a great day and I hope to raise lots of funds.”

Davina’s Action DIVA Sussex ride sets out from the East Sussex National Hotel and Golf Course on Sunday 11 May. Formerly only open to women, Davina’s Action DIVA now has a special limited number of places for men to enter. The ride offers a Cool 21 mile route, ideal for those new to cycling or looking for an early finish. The Classic 40 mile route, which Laura will be riding, is more challenging as is the Champion at 65 miles, ideal for more experienced riders.

Money raised by riders in the Davina’s Action DIVA Sussex will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

You can only enter on the day now! Turn up from 7– 9am at East Sussex National and pay the £55 flat fee, which means you won’t need to fundraise. It includes feed stops, lunch, medal and post event massage as well as the chance to meet and greet with Davina herself!

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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 infection
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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