Mark on bike in memory of late wife

Mark Robertson (right) and Kristian Headland will be cycling from Ashington's Woodhorn Museum to the Eiffel Tower in Paris in memory of Mark's wife Helen.
Mark Robertson (right) and Kristian Headland will be cycling from Ashington's Woodhorn Museum to the Eiffel Tower in Paris in memory of Mark's wife Helen.
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FATHER Mark Robertson is preparing to embark on a 500-mile cycle ride to France in memory of his late wife.

Helen Robertson died at the age of 32 in August last year while giving birth to their daughter Niamh. The condition that killed her, amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), affects just one in 80,000 women.

Now Mark, of Stakeford, is set to raise money for charity in her memory by cycling from Ashington’s Woodhorn Museum to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Helen’s favourite city.

The 32-year-old is setting off tomorrow with friend Kristian Headland, also 32, of Heaton in Newcastle. So far, the pair have raised £8,800, and they are hoping the ride will help them hit their £10,000 target.

The money will be split between Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation.

Mark, a participation worker for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of the ride and hope we will achieve our aim of raising awareness of AFE, as well as honouring my wife’s memory.”

To sponsor him, visit the Helen Memorial Ride 2012 page on Facebook.