Vince geared up to help Fern raise Genesis funds

Vince and Fern Britton ay John O' Groats
Vince and Fern Britton ay John O' Groats

A Bo’ness policeman joined TV presenter Fern Britton on part of her 21-day fundraising journey from John O’Groats to Lands End.

Vince Manning was one of over 70 people who signed up to join Fern for part or whole of her 1000-mile cycle for the Genesis Research Trust.

Together, they hope to raise £57,000 for the Trust, which funds medical research into cures for conditions that can affect mothers and babies, including miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Vince joined Fern on May 1, cycling from John O’Groats to Glasgow, a distance of over 350 miles.

He said: “Genesis is a brilliant charity and the money we raise will be used to fund essential research into pre-natal health.

“This isn’t something that’s on the news or in the papers a lot but it has happened to members of my extended family and work colleagues.

“I’m fortunate enough to have two children of my own and I cannot dream of a life without them.

“Giving up a little of my spare time was the least I could do to support families that have suffered such a devastating loss.”

TV presenter and author Fern, a patron for the charity, said: “This is one of the greatest personal challenges for me and, together, we might just get closer to stopping the heartbreak of miscarriage.”

One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and one to two per cent of couples in the UK will suffer more than one.

The money raised by Vince, Fern and the group will fund research carried out by scientists to help understand the causes of miscarriage.

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