An Isle of Wight father has completed a 100-mile bike ride in aid of baby charity Bliss.
Island resident, Ben Lush, took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday (6) in honour of his son who was born 12 weeks early.
31-year-old Ben, from Ventnor, completed the course in just five hours and 28 minutes, raising almost £700.
Ben’s son Noah was born three months prematurely at St Mary’s Hospital, weighing only 2lb 10oz at birth and subsequently spent two months in the neonatal unit.
Despite the ordeal, he is now a happy and healthy five-year-old.
Ben says the race was for a worthwhile cause:
“My main highlight was the sheer number of people cycling. It was amazing to see so many people and also quite scary as it was a very fast ride. It was great to ride through London seeing all the great landmarks without worrying about traffic.
“It was a privilege to be riding with so many other Bliss riders, all with their own personal reasons for supporting the charity. I really enjoyed speaking with the other participants during the route and finding out more about their story.”
The money raised will help Bliss’ work supporting parents of babies born premature and ensuring their babies’ voices are at the heart of decision making.
You can still donate to the cause here.