Duo to ride from Broadstairs to Brighton in memory of baby Florence

Steven Wells and Brendan Bean with Florence's parents Carina and Mark.

Two friends of a heartbroken couple who tragically lost their baby during labour will cycle more than 100 miles to raise money for Tommy’s.

Brendan Bean and Steven Wells will ride from Broadstairs to Brighton on Saturday, May 11, with the aim of raising £2,500 for the charity, which funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

The ride will be held in memory of Florence Grace, who died on April 26 last year.

Carina and Mark lost baby daughter Florence Grace in April 2018.

Her mother Carina Neeves, from Broadstairs, had gone into hospital at 41 weeks pregnant to be induced but during three hourly routine monitoring her daughter died.

The 36-year-old, who had unknowingly contracted delayed chorionic villous maturation, then had the tragic ordeal of delivering Florence naturally.

“Life has never been the same since and never will be,” she said.

“Our lives will forever have a missing piece and we will carry Florence within our hearts forever.”

Last year Carina and her partner Mark Taylor held a fundraising walk, raising more than £7,200 for Tommy’s, which has supported them through their loss.

Rainbow skirts and fairy wings in memory of baby Florence Grace

Carina says the love and support they have received has been overwhelming and they hope to turn their tragedy into a positive by helping future parents.

The bike ride is on May 11, two weeks after what would have been Florence’s first birthday.

“Brendan and Steven are so kind, they wanted to do something to keep her memory alive,” she added.

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