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DETERMINED to do something in the memory of their little girl, a couple are due to embark on a fundraising campaign.

Terri Freeman and Daniel Canning’s daughter Isabelle, was stillborn at 28 weeks old in April this year, due to a rare blood condition.

(l-r) Daniel Canning, Alex Spirrett, Andy Williams, Chris Goodge and Grant Freeman.   Daniel and his friends will be taking part in a cycle challenge Land's End to John o' Groats to raise money for Sands.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (142898-503)

(l-r) Daniel Canning, Alex Spirrett, Andy Williams, Chris Goodge and Grant Freeman. Daniel and his friends will be taking part in a cycle challenge Land's End to John o' Groats to raise money for Sands. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142898-503)

Despite their loss, the couple, of Eastfield Road, Eastney, are now determined to focus their energy on raising awareness of Sands – stillbirth and neonatal death.

The charity works with anyone affected by the death of a baby and promotes research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

The couple and Terri’s 10-year-old son Blake are planning fundraising events culminating in a bike ride from Land’s End in Cornwall, to John O’Groats in Scotland, next year.

Terri, 30, said: ‘We’re hoping to help raise awareness of this which in turn could save more babies if their parents knew the warning signs.

‘I knew something was wrong but I kept being told by the professionals that everything was okay.

‘Since this has happened to us, we’ve found it unbelievable how often this occurs and how many people we know that have been affected by it.

‘It is for this reason that we feel Isabelle can help others.’

The first event in their Bike Ride for Isabelle campaign is a pub quiz on October 17.

It takes place at The Eastfield pub in Prince Albert Road, Southsea, on Friday 17 October. The events will lead up to a bike ride, which starts in Land’s End on April 3, next year.

Daniel, 29, and seven friends will be making the journey over about 10 days.

He said: ‘We don’t want to dwell too much on losing Isabelle, but instead fundraise for a charity that has helped us.

‘And this charity could help other parents that may find themselves in our position.

A small number of tickets for the pub quiz are available to the public.

Tickets cost £5 per person, to buy email ride4isabelle@btinternet.com.

Donations can be made to the Bike Ride for Isabelle campaign on Terri and Daniel’s page at justgiving.com/abikerideforisabelle.

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