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Bereaved dad launches bike ride fundraiser for Queen’s Hospital

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 09 April 2018

Stuart Wilks raised £7,000 for King George Hospital's and Queen's Hospital charity.

Stuart Wilks raised £7,000 for King George Hospital's and Queen's Hospital charity.

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A keen cyclist is launching a fundraising bike ride to raise money for local hospitals after his daughter was stillborn.

Stuart Wilks, 42, is organising Pedal4Patients - the first of what he hopes will become an annual event to raise money for the King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity.

The bike ride between Brentwood and Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley way will take place on Sunday, April 29.

Stuart, from Junction Road, Brentwood has already raised £7,000 for the charity to say thanks for the support he and wife, Sarah, 42, received when their daughter Charlotte was stillborn at Queen’s Hospital in August 2016.

He said: “We were looked after phenomenally well and everyone was so supportive.

“When something like that happens, the NHS really goes into overdrive and it makes you realise how important it is.

“After we were looked after so well on the bereavement suite, we thought all the staff were so amazing and they could do with some extra support.”

The family have already used some donations to refurbish Queen’s Hospital’s Snowdrop Suite.

To register, contact the King George and Queen’s Hospital charity department on 01708 504335 or email hospitalcharity@bhrhospitals.nhs.co.uk.

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