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Going All the Way for Jake

Friday, 28th October 2011

An ten-strong team of cyclists from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) including Chief Executive Cathy Warwick, are cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the National Maternity Support Foundation (NMSF). The RCM team will join other cyclists for the gruelling 300 mile challenge on May 9th – 13th 2012.

The announcement comes ahead of National Maternity Day (Saturday, 29th October 2011). This is a day aiming to highlight the plight of parents and families who have suffered the loss of a baby at birth or shortly afterwards, and to highlight and recognise the incredible work of midwives.  It is also to remember Jake Canter whose parents Andrew and Rachel Canter started the NMSF after Jake’s death in 2005.

The NMSF, commonly referred to as Jakes charity, was set up following the tragic still birth of Jake Canter due to the nearest maternity unit being closed. Their campaign to help keep maternity services available, accessible, safe and well resourced is a cause close to many hearts as the increasingly worrying economic climate and budgetary constraints continue to put expectant  families at risk.
Andrew Canter, Chairman of NMSF said "We are delighted to have the support of the RCM for this exciting challenge and extremely proud of our achievements in memory of Jake."

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “I consider it a privilege to be a patron of the NMSF and the RCM offers its full support to National Maternity Day.  We are undertaking the cycling event to raise awareness about the charity, and to raise money for it to support families who have suffered such a tragic loss. I encourage people to donate if they can.”

For more information and to donate to the cycling fundraising event visit the RCM cycle team webpage at http://www.rcm.org.uk/college/about/cycleteam/.

For more information contact the RCM Press Office on 020 7312 3456, pressofficer@rcm.org.uk. To contact Andrew Canter at NMSF call 07855 447157 or e-mail andrew@jakescharity.org.

Notes to editors

The National Maternity Support Foundation (NMSF) is Jake's Charity. It was set up following the tragic stillbirth of Jake Canter due to the nearest hospital maternity unit being closed. NMSF's founding principles are to take a 'proactive educative approach' to maternity care occupying the 'sensible middle ground' of public opinion and to help stop these closures happening.  The campaign began in September 2006 to Keep Hospitals Open ensuring Jake did not die in vain. This activity raised awareness of the tragic consequences of hospitals and in particular maternity units closing due to lack of staff and beds as a result of underfunding and cutbacks in essential services.  For more information visit the website at http://www.jakescharity.org/page1.html

The Royal College of Midwives is the voice of midwifery. We are the UK’s only trade union and professional organisation led by midwives for midwives. The vast majority of the midwifery profession are our members. The RCM promotes midwifery, quality maternity services and professional standards. We support and represent our members individually and collectively in all four UK countries.  We influence on behalf of our members and for the interests of the women and families for which they care.  For more information visit the RCM website at www.rcm.org.uk.