Mulbarton mother to take on 100-mile bike ride in aid of EACH hospice which cared for her friends after their son died

Katie Thouless-Kingsley who is preparing for the Norwich 100 cycle ride in aid of Quidenham Hospice; with Mary and David Taylor and their son Ethan, 4, whose baby Jude died at 26 days old and was looked after at Quidenham. Picture: Denise Bradley Katie Thouless-Kingsley who is preparing for the Norwich 100 cycle ride in aid of Quidenham Hospice; with Mary and David Taylor and their son Ethan, 4, whose baby Jude died at 26 days old and was looked after at Quidenham. Picture: Denise Bradley

Saturday, May 31, 2014
9:00 AM

A south Norfolk woman is hoping to repay the hospice that supported her friends after they lost their son as she embarks on a 100-mile bike ride.

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Katie Thouless-Kingsley who is preparing for the Norwich 100 cycle ride in aid of Quidenham Hospice after a friend's baby died. Picture: Denise BradleyKatie Thouless-Kingsley who is preparing for the Norwich 100 cycle ride in aid of Quidenham Hospice after a friend's baby died. Picture: Denise Bradley

Katie Thouless, 39, resolved to take part in the Norwich 100 on June 1 in aid of the East Anglian Children’s Hospice in Quiddenham.

The mother-of-four was inspired to take part in the event after friends David and Mary Taylor lost their son Jude to hypoplastic left heart syndrome a month ago, when he was just 26 days old.

Mrs Thouless said: “When I heard I was away on holiday and I was just so saddened by it all. It’s quite shocking. You always hear about these stories and I don’t know anyone that it has happened to.

“It just inspired me to do something for the hospice.”

The cyclist is hoping to raise £500 for the Hospice, who provided support and advice for the couple and their four-year-old son Ethan.

The event will see cyclists take on a 100-mile journey around Norfolk. Despite being a member of the Mulbarton Velo Club, Mrs Thouless admitted she hasn’t done as much training as she would like.

“I am trying – I just haven’t had the time and the weather hasn’t helped. I’m a bit nervous but I think I’ll have enough adrenaline to keep me going.

“I just keep thinking of the baby and think how lucky I am to have never had to experience anything like it,” she added.

Mrs Thouless said that her sons Bailey, 14, Harvey, 11 and four-year-old twins Archie and Gilby have been supporting her in the run-up to the challenge.

“They do encourage me to get out there. They like helping me to wash it and my youngest has started to get in to it a bit,” she said.

To donate, contact Mrs Thouless on katietk@hotmail.co.uk or visit the Quiddenham hospice donation page at www.justgiving.com/each/

The Norwich 100 takes place tomorrow and will raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

For more information visit www.bike-events.com/norwich100

Do you have a charity event you’d like us to write about? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on Lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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