A lorry driver from Boxford has been inspired by the death of his baby son to climb the Three Peaks and tackle two 100-mile bike rides this summer in aid of Action Medical Research.
Self-confessed cycling addict Chris Dormady from Boxford Lane, Boxford, will be clocking up the miles when he takes part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on July 31, and the Essex 100 on September 4.
He will also be conquering Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon on June 3, along with Steve Hadley, Roger Cox, Colin Newman, Shane Chilvers, Ian Todd and Sam Nicole, his colleagues from Halstead-based ground engineering contractor Central Piling.
The 55-year-old is raising funds for the UK-wide children’s charity in memory of his son Charley, who was born in 2007 with a very rare genetic condition, Mosaic Trisomy 13, also known as Patau syndrome, which causes severe intellectual disability and physical abnormalities in many parts of the body.
After a rollercoaster of scans, tests and operations, Charley died at just 16-weeks-old as a result of complex heart problems.
“Nothing can ever be as difficult as that again,” said Mr Dormady, who started cycling after a knee operation in April 2008.
“Although I got into cycling to keep fit, I wanted to do something special in memory of my Charley.
“Action Medical Research organises some great rides and I also get the chance to raise some money to help them fund research into rare diseases and other conditions that affect babies and children.”
To support Chris’s fundraising, please visit justgiving.com/Chris-Dormady2.