A SUTTON grandad is getting on his bike to raise cash for a charity that helped his family when his baby grandson was tragically stillborn.
Joe Draycott (51), of Mill Croft, Sutton, is taking part in a 160-mile Coast to Coast cycle ride to raise money for SANDS - the Stillbirth And Neonatal Death charity.
He is hoping the sponsored event will not only raise much-needed cash but also increase the profile of the charity, which helped his family when his daughter Jodie’s son Jack was stillborn in 2008.
“He was absolutely perfect - not a thing wrong with him, but it’s just one of those things that happens.
“It’s a horrible feeling but you do get through it and they help you,” said Joe.
It was only after some time had passed that the family realised what ‘fantastic support’ SANDS had given them during such a difficult time, and Joe decided he wanted to give something back.
“I wanted to do something I had never done to challenge myself as well,” he said.
“Before I knew it I was training and getting ready for a Coast to Coast!”
Joe, who had never ridden a bike properly until January, will be accompanied by brother Bob (60) and they are setting off on the three-day ride on Saturday.
He is hoping to raise £1,000 for the SANDS group based at King’s Mill Hospital.
Donations can be made at the website www.justgiving.com/joe-draycott.
Jodie now has a daughter Lexi (3) and although they will never forget Jack, Joe says Lexi has helped the family deal with the ‘rollercoaster ride of emotions’.