Pushing it to the limit for Tiny Life

David Gamble and Stuart McChesney are under starters orders for their 350 mile  pram push around Northern Ireland for charity Tiny Life. INNT 21-402-RM

David Gamble and Stuart McChesney are under starters orders for their 350 mile pram push around Northern Ireland for charity Tiny Life. INNT 21-402-RM

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TWO local men are preparing to set off on a ‘pram-tastic’ challenge for premature baby charity, Tiny Life.

Stuart McChesney from the Manse Road near Mossley and Carrick man David Gamble will be pushing two prams over 350 miles around Northern Ireland.

During the 12-day challenge they will be holding a series of events to allow people to join in the fun - in return for a donation to the charity.

Photographer Stuart (30) has worked with the charity for some time. However, earlier this year he learned first hand the value of its work.

He and wife Jane suffered a miscarriage and volunteers from Tiny Life supported them through the difficult time.

Stuart said: “I was well aware of the support the charity provided, but it is not until you actually see it for yourself that you realise the difference it makes.

“The volunteers at Tiny Life are fantastic. They have been through similar experiences and the support they offer is incredible.

“They provide a wide range of services and although I didn’t use them all, it was a comfort to know they were available.

“At times - and not through anyone’s fault - the dads can be forgotten about. But Tiny Life was able to put me in contact with other fathers who could provide advice and support.

“The odds are around one in three of someone losing a child during pregnancy and everyday more and more people are turning to Tiny Life for support and it is so important we support them as much as possible.”

Stuart and David will be using a buggie and silver vintage-style pram for their 350-mile challenge.

Both are no strangers to endurance running and will be averaging over 30 miles a day, with the single longest daily distance they’ll cover being nearly 50 miles.

Stuart added: “We have come up with a woggle pace - it’s faster than walking, but not quite a run.”

Stuart and David will set of on their pram push on Monday, June 18 from Belfast City Hall.

Anyone who would like to support the guys on their challenge by providing accommodation, food or sponsorship should email valerie@tinylife.org.uk.

To join Stuart and David on the pram push at one of their eight mini-events in towns along their route call 9081 5050 or email valerie@tinylife.org.uk for details.

People can also donate online at www.justgiving.com/prampush or make a £5 donation by texting ‘Tiny’ to 70700.