Couple who lost baby now support other parents

Runcorn and Widnes World: Marathon cyclist Tommy Noone Marathon cyclist Tommy Noone

A COUPLE who lost an unborn daughter are helping to support parents who discover their unborn baby may have an abnormality.

Alison Evans and her partner, Tom Noone, are raising funds for ARC, the only national charity which offers a lifeline to expectant and bereaved parents through the antenatal screening and testing process.

Tom, aged 28, completed a gruelling two-day bike marathon at the weekend, cycling 127 miles from Leeds to Liverpool along the canal towpath.

Alison, aged 32, of Brackenwood Drive, Widnes, said: “We lost a baby girl, Dahlia, at 20 weeks in August, 2011.

“We went for a routine scan and there lots of abnormalities. We had to make a decision to end the pregnancy based on that.

“I have since had a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy.

“This charity was lovely. They were really helpful and gave us leaflets and information. We now want to help other parents.”

Each year, 35,000 parents are told their unborn baby may have an abnormality.

Alison, a mental health nurse at Millbrow Care Home, said: “We have now lost three babies.

“Tom saw me going through such a rough time, he felt he wanted to do something to help, push his own limits.

“He rides to work in Runcorn every day and has been going out on 60 mile rides to prepare for the marathon.”

Tom, who works at the Electron warehouse, which supplies parts to Jaguar, has raised £600 so far.

You can make a donation by visiting justgiving.com/tom-noone For information on the charity, ARC, visit arc-uk.org

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