Guernsey Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society charity gets funds from Ernst & Young cycle challenge

September 20th, 2012 by Ernst and Young LLP

Left to right: Tim Nicolle, Pieter du Plessis, David Mosley, Chris Bold, Chris Barry, Chris Matthews, Geraint Davies (click image to expand - image courtesy of Ernst & Young)

A team of four cyclists from Ernst & Young’s Guernsey office has raised £2,800 for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (Sands) Guernsey Branch. Additional donations to the charity can be made on the cyclists’ Justgiving webpage.

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby. The charity works in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families, and it promotes research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

The cyclists made the 900 mile journey from St Malo to Nice via Geneva. They covered around 200 miles per day in the first leg from St Malo to Geneva with the remaining 300 mile journey to Nice climbing over mountain passes that regularly appear in the Tour de France, including the Col du Télégraphe and Col du Galibier.

The route took the cyclists across the highest paved road in Europe (Cime de la Bonette) before finishing in Nice in the south of France.

The Ernst & Young Guernsey team were Transactions Manager Chris Bold, Assurance Manager Tim Nicolle, Tax Consultant Iain Pinnock and Audit Executive David Mosley.

Ernst & Young charity cyclist David Mosley at an altitude of 2642 metres at Col du Galibier (click image to expand - image courtesy of Ernst & Young)

Chris Bold said, “it was a punishing ride, but the pain and effort was worth it. In the end we raised a total of £2,800. It is now going to a much-needed local cause which has provided invaluable support to friends of Ernst & Young’s colleagues and is therefore very close to our hearts.”

Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death) Guernsey is part of a nation-wide network of groups which exist to provide support and care throughout individual and group sessions for those who have suffered the devastating loss of a baby within the first 28 days of its life.

Tania Shires, co-ordinator of the Guernsey Sands branch said,”the money received from Ernst & Young will greatly assist us in running regular meetings where people can meet others who have suffered similar experiences, within a supportive environment.”

“It is also hoped that we will soon be able to set-up a dedicated phone number that people can call if they want to talk to a Sands befriender in Guernsey.”

“We are a small charity so receiving any amount of funds is a huge boost to us and the services we are able to offer,” she said.

 

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