Pair will cycle to say thanks to a charity

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A NAVY surveyor is planning to cycle from Plymouth to Portsmouth to raise money for a charity that helped him spend time with his bed-ridden baby daughter.

Ben Wansborough, 26, is aiming to raise £2,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, which is based in Stamshaw.

The charity paid for Ben, who lives in Plymouth, and his partner to stay near the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital while his daughter, Sophia, was in a medically-induced coma when she was just four weeks old.

Ben said: ‘They helped me out in my time of need so this is something I wanted to do to say thanks for their help.

‘We would have been sleeping in the car otherwise.’

Sophia was diagnosed with a bleed on the brain after she was born in 2012.

She spent six weeks in the hospital’s intensive care unit at the hospital and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Joining Ben will be a friend of his, Sam Coleman, who lives in Paulsgrove.

They are planning to cycle the 190 miles between the two cities on June 14 and June 15, stopping overnight in Dorchester. People can donate at justgiving.com/plymouth2portsmouth.