Day 102: Three cyclists and a christening #107days

Day 102 is another shared day, in fact all remaining days are shared so I’m going to stop saying that! Day 102 reports on two events that took place yesterday (Day 101), both of which were linked to #JusticeforLB and #107days and honouring LB. The first, a christening, was adopted by Jemma, Simon, and the star of the show Eseld, and the second, a 107mile bike ride/marathon/torture trip across the Chilterns, was adopted by Martin, Chris and John.

Here’s what Jemma had to say about why they were supporting #JusticeforLB:

We’ve known Sara, Richard and their family since we moved to Oxford nearly a decade ago. Connor was always an exuberant presence keen to share his unique view of the world. We were appalled to hear of his death. It is remarkable and moving how Sara and Richard have used the passion of their grief to protect other young dudes.

Jemma and Simon decided to adopt a day to coincide with Eseld’s christening:


We knew we wanted to be a part of #107days but were unsure what to do. When we realised that our daughter Eseld’s christening would fall within the period it seemed a perfect opportunity to make all of our friends and family aware of the campaign and to raise funds for #JusticeforLB by asking them to donate instead of buying a present. Many of our guests wanted to know more and started reading Sara’s blog. We are honoured that our celebration was able to include Connor.


While Jemma and Simon and their family and friends were enjoying Eseld’s christening, about thirty miles away, (fab Uncle) Chris Newman and Dad’s Martin McCarthy and John Sparks were putting themselves through all manner of physical effort and pain. Here’s why:

We are ‘life raft‘ hubbies and Connor was one of our own who was much loved by us all and who we miss. As parents of dudes we are appalled by the way Sara and Rich have been treated since Connor died. Our dudes deserve better.

So John, Martin and Chris decided they would jump on their bikes to raise awareness and funds:

The cycle ride through the very lumpy Chilterns was 102 miles long and included 6000ft of climbing. Our trio of intrepid cyclists intent in honouring #107days legitimately added on an extra 5 miles to ensure they covered 107 miles.


That’s 8.5 hours of peddling. In addition to raising funds (details on how to donate here) they also raised awareness, including amongst fellow cyclists who asked about LB as they peddled past.


A truly phenomenal effort.

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