Duo in charity challenge for vital research

Lindy Blackwell and daughter Emily, 21, will do a 350km bike ride for Women to Women charity in India later in the year. They need to raise �6,200.
Lindy Blackwell and daughter Emily, 21, will do a 350km bike ride for Women to Women charity in India later in the year. They need to raise �6,200.
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A mother and daughter from Ilkeston have signed up for a tough charity challenge which will see them cycle 350km across India.

Lindy Blackwell, 49, and Emily, 21, responded to an appeal by infertility expert Professor Robert Winston to raise funds for the Genesis Research Trust’s Women for Women fund, which is conducting research on conditions that cause miscarriages and infertility.

In October they will cycle 350km over five days. They need to raise a minimum of £6,200 and are asking people in Ilkeston to support them.

The charity is close to Lindy’s heart as she suffered seven miscarriages before she had her two children.

She said: “When you suffer a miscarriage your feelings swap between grief for what should have been, feeling inadequate because you can’t manage to carry a baby full term and dismay as to why nobody can give you a reason why this has happened. Just being told it is very common really didn’t help me.

“I feel very lucky now, but if I could have been given some reasons why I had the miscarriages I know it would of helped me, and you never really get over the loss completely.”