A personal trainer from Total Fitness Wilmslow is getting ready to push a car the length of a marathon on Saturday 15th July to raise funds in memory of his baby daughter, Avery Grace.
Steven Chidgey and his partner Nicole had their lives changed forever when they tragically lost baby Avery after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Together they’re aiming to make Avery's purpose one that will not only help break the taboo that surrounds the subject of stillbirths, but also support research organisations and make a difference to people who are affected by stillbirth.
All money raised by the car push – which Steven is taking on alongside his Pro-Fit Personal Training colleague and friend, James Barratt – will go to Tommy’s, the charity that funds research into pregnancy problems and provides pregnancy health information to parents.
The marathon car push is the main event after a year of different fundraisers organised by Steven, including a 5k run, Swim-a-thon and sponsored cycle.
Taking place at Total Fitness Wilmslow – where an open day will also take place from 10am–6pm, complete with family activities and a fundraising raffle – the car push is expected to finish around midday.
Steven and James will start the car push at around midnight on the Friday night, taking it in turns to push the car for 60 metres at a time within the health club’s car park.
Local car dealership Halliwell Jones Wilmslow is providing the cars for Steven and James to push, plus members of the public are welcome to step up and take a turn.
The dealership is also providing a BMW and Mini for the weekend as prizes in the raffle.
Steven at the Sponsored Swim-A-Thon earlier in the year.
Steven said: “The #AverysPurpose fundraising events have been organised to keep Avery’s name alive but also help people that are going through the same experience.
“Stillbirth is not something that we knew about. A lot of people hear about miscarriages but not stillborn babies, so we were totally shocked when it happened to us.
“We just want to do as much as we can to make Avery’s life mean something and make a big difference to anyone who’s unfortunately gone through the same heartache and experienced such a loss.”
Jane Brewin, Tommy’s CEO, added: "We are so touched and pleased that Steven is undertaking this momentous challenge in memory of baby daughter Avery. Ten babies a day are stillborn, which equates to one in every 200, and no parent should have to go through this heartache.
"Steven’s fundraising will go towards our four Tommy’s research centres where women across the country can access clinical treatment - including at our Rainbow clinic in Manchester, which helps couples who have suffered stillbirths have healthy, successful pregnancies and births."
To find out more about the fundraising and how to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/averyspurpose