Everything about this trip is for Orla and because of Orla. If it wasn’t for her then we wouldn’t be here, and although it is tragic circumstances that have led us to this trip, it feels like a gift in so many ways. We made a pledge early on that we couldn’t just go back to normal – that our old life no longer held the same meaning that it used to. We wanted to do something to give back to a charity that helped us and we wanted to speak out and share our story, as hearing those bravely shared by others was undoubtedly the thing that enabled us to survive those early days.
Although a keen cyclist, Andy has needed to commit himself to 12 weeks of intense training to undertake this huge challenge – almost 2000 miles from Vancouver to the Mexican border in San Diego. This is alongside working fulltime and all of the other chaos that comes with losing your child; planning funerals, returning the buggy, simultaneously registering the birth and death of your baby and helping to keep your wife from falling apart. As I struggle to ride a bike at the best of times, but also recovering from nine months of pregnancy and giving birth, I have committed to helping plan the trip, to support Andy physically and mentally, to share our story and to promote awareness, in the hope that we can raise as much money as possible for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity (SANDS).
In memory of our beautiful daughter Orla, we want to capture as much as we can in every possible way; through words, pictures and video. This is our journey of Cycling for Orla.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/178412970″>Cycling For Orla – Our Story.mp4</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user51365535″>Dear Orla</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>