WHEN Vicky Cox heard that her friend needed to raise £3,600 for fertility treatment, she wanted to do something to help.
Vicky, a keen gym-goer, decided to jump on an exercise bike and take on a gruelling 16-hour cycle challenge in the hope of raising sponsorship.
Starting cycling at 6am on a bike outside the gym at Fareham Leisure Centre, Vicky had reached 125 miles by lunchtime. And she cycled, with only short toilet breaks, until 10.30pm, covering a distance of nearly 300 miles.
Vicky, 26, from Locks Heath, said: ‘They had been trying for a baby for around five years.
‘They went for tests to see if there was anything wrong, but those tests took time.
‘She had her last consultation in January and the doctor said there was nothing wrong. It was just an unexplained fertility problem.
‘The doctor then recommended she have IUI, like IVF, to help her conceive but because the tests had taken so long she had fallen outside of the age bracket to get it done on the NHS. She’s only 35.
‘My friend did not know that I was doing this.
‘She’s happy that I am but doesn’t want her name mentioned because they are private people and it’s still an emotional subject for them.
‘There is a certain stigma to not being able to conceive.’
On average it takes three attempts using IUI to fall pregnant and each treatment costs £1,200. Vicky said she would like to raise around £300 but was grateful for every penny.
She said: ‘I was there when she found out how much the treatment cost. To see her face was just heart-breaking. Not many people would be able to afford that kind of money.
‘If I had the money I would have given it to her right there and then.’
Vicky was spurred on by friends and staff from the leisure centre.
Friend Abi Mitchell, 23, from Fareham, said: ‘It’s incredible. For her to give up her day to come here and cycle for 16 hours, I don’t know anyone else who would do that.’
Lifeguard Bruce Wetherill, 21, said: ‘It’s a long way and hard work, but I would do it if it was my friend.’
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