Heidi Loughlin and Olympian's wife to cycle 200 miles for premature children
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 March 2019
A Portishead mum is set to jump on the saddle with the wife of one of Britain's most successful Olympians to take on a charity challenge.
Heidi Loughlin, aged 36, will tackle a coast-to-coast cycle ride with Sarra Hoy, wife of six-time Olympic cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy, to raise cash for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Support (NICU).
In 2015 while pregnant with her third child – Ally Louise – Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Ally was born 12 weeks early and died days later after contracting an infection. Heidi was then told her cancer was terminal.
But it inspired her to start a hugely popular online blog called Storm In A Tit Cup and launching a campaign called Heidi’s Gloves.
Chemotherapy and medication have since obliterated Heidi’s tumours, and she is now living life to the full.
Half of the profits from the book sales will go to NICU, and Heidi hopes to raise even more cash from the cycle ride to ensure more protective gloves are available in hospitals and fewer babies contract infections.
Sarra and Heidi became firm friends when the former’s now-thriving son Callum was born at just 29 weeks, and they both are desperate to help the charity.
The pair will ride 200 miles across three days from Liverpool to Bridlington in May.
Heidi said: “NICUs are already doing a fantastic job in hand hygiene, but I asked myself could more be done?
“The guidelines suggest glove use at all times when dealing with premature babies, but it’s not a hard-and-fast rule.
“As a parent, I was not encouraged to wear gloves when interacting with Ally, I was just told to wash my hands.
“In a lot of cases, hand washing is good enough, but unbeknown to many people there is a specific way to wash your hands.
“The concept of ‘gloves for all’ in NICUs was born, and I launched Heidi’s Gloves, a campaign to promote awareness and provide additional gloves to increase the uptake of glove use in NICUs.”
A book signing will take place at The Old Mill, in High Street, tonight (Thursday) at 7pm.
For more information, log on to www.heidischallenge.co.uk