Young mothers who both lost a baby in horrendous circumstances join forces for charity
08 August 2012 |
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TWO young mothers who both lost a baby in horrendous circumstances will join forces for a charity bike ride later this month.
Carly Smith, of Kinmel Bay and Danielle Bowen, of Prestatyn, both 21, will cycle from the Splash Point Apartments in Rhyl, to Llandudno and back, to raise money for Sparks, a childrens medical research charity.
Carly, who has a two-year-old son, Oliver, lost her daughter, Annabelle -Lilly in April after giving birth at 22 weeks.
“It was a horrendous time for me,” she said.
“My waters broke at 19 weeks and I kept on going until 22 weeks.
“My life was at risk - it could have killed me.”
She said it is so important to raise awareness about this. You don’t realise how common it is - pregnancies go wrong all the time,” she said.
She had to give up her job in Tesco after the tragedy because people would still come up to her asking how the pregnancy was going.
“Three of my best friends are all due with their babies around the time I was due - so it is a constant reminder,” she said.
“It has affected me quite badly.”
Danielle, who works in Tiny Tots Nursery and who has a four-year-old daughter, Mia, lost her second daughter Macey just one hour after she was born.
Macey was born at 24 weeks but had only developed half of her heart.
The former Prestatyn High pupils, who were in the same year, got in touch to support one another shortly after Danielle lost her baby.
The girls will be joined by friends and family when they set off on the bike ride on August 19.
If you would like to sponser them visit www.justgiving.com/danielle-bowen.