Life has been an uphill battle for Cheryl Hutchinson.
Two years ago the 26-year-old was left devastated after she had a still- born baby, Michael, 25 weeks into her pregnancy.
Cheryl, of Park Parade, Leigh Park, has gone on to have a son, Envy, now one. But she plans to give something back to the charity that stood by her side.
Cheryl and 15 of her close friends and family will cycle from Park Parade to Southsea and back in a bid to raise money for Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.
As part of the 20-mile ride on Wednesday, the team will release scores of balloons into the sky on Southsea Common in memory of Cheryl’s son Michael, who was born on that date.
Upon their return to Park Parade they will hold a mini celebration and set off Chinese lanterns.
Cheryl came up with the fundraising idea after her friend Caroline Mortimer said she and her sister-in-law were taking part in this year’s Bupa Great South Run for Sands.
Cheryl says: ‘I just thought, why not, I’ll do something similar.
‘My world was turned upside down when I lost Michael.
‘He was my first baby.
‘I’ll never forget him and I plan to remember him on each of his birthdays and at Christmas.
‘Life has been really hard. Now I want to give something back to Sands because it’s really helped me.
‘I would love to reach my target of £1,000.’
Though Cheryl confesses she isn’t much of a cyclist, she did a practice run last week and finished in two-and-a-half hours.
Her partner, Michael McKenzie, 27, of Salisbury, also likes to do what he can for worthy causes.
On Saturday he completed a gruelling bike ride from John o’ Groats in Scotland to Commercial Road, Landport, in aid of Help for Heroes.
Michael, who is a bombardier for the British Army’s 12th Regiment Royal Artillery, completed the 850-mile ride in eight days.
He raised £2,000 towards the armed forces charity.
And he got an extra £353 from people who donated on the day.
Cheryl says: ‘We just feel that helping others is really important.
‘It makes me feel good knowing we have done our bit.
‘Though I’m nervous about the ride I’m prepared for it.’
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