Record-breakers give it their all at Gravesend scooter event in memory of Teddy

Record-breakers give it their all at scooter event in memory of Teddy

Youngsters gather at Danson Park to practice for the event

Poppy Baker, aged six, and Finley Baker, aged eight, on their scooters.

Sarah Rawlins with daughter, Eva Rawlins, aged two.

Poppy and Finley prepare to break at record.

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The mother of a still-born baby boy has hailed a record-breaking Gravesend scooter event held in his memory as 'an honour.'

Suzanne Moorcroft, 36, of Hurst Road, Bexley approached Sarah Johnson from Bexley with the idea of organising 'Ready Teddy Scoot' in memory of Sarah's son, Teddy Johnson.

Teddy was still-born on March 28 last year.

Mrs Johnson, 39, of Murchison Avenue, who has a three-year-old son called Harry, has praised her friend for organising the event, which will raise funds for Sands, a stillbirth and neonatal charity.

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She said: "I am so grateful to Suzanne and our friend Jane, who is also helping with event, for doing this - it has been a great distraction and is such a lovely way to remember Teddy.

"I'm honoured, there are so many people that this happens to and it is an honour for it to be for him."

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Mrs Johnson also praised the work of Sands saying: "Sands were a great help.

'It was a comfort to know that you were not the only person going through this and to meet other people affected by similar tragedies."

"They are a little-known charity and I don't think you realise they are there until you need them.

"17 babies are still-born everyday and Sands are campaigning for more research to be done as to why.

"When you are pregnant it's the last thing you expect to hear."

The event, which was originally planned to take place in Bexley's Danson Park will now be held at the Cyclopark in Watling Way, Gravesend on August 10.

The change of venue comes due to health and safety reasons.

The event is hoped to attract 1,000 participants in a bid to break two Guiness World Records - largest parade of push or kick scooters and most people in a nursery rhyme singing relay - and raise funds for Sands, a stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

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Online registration for the event is now open at readyteddyscoot.com and will close when the 1,000-person capacity is met.

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