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Bury St Edmunds: Tragic loss of Billy prompts dad’s cycle ride

13:46 21 July 2014

Tom Pegg is to cycle from Bury St Edmunds to Somerset to raise awareness of Group B Streptococcus

Tom Pegg is to cycle from Bury St Edmunds to Somerset to raise awareness of Group B Streptococcus

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A father who lost his newborn son to a severe form of meningitis is to cycle 215 miles to raise money for the charity that is striving to educate prospective parents about the condition.

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Tom Pegg, 37 and his fiancé Ursula Bradshaw, 36, were devastated when their first child, Billy, died just days after being born in March this year.

Within hours of his birth, Billy developed meningitis caused by Group B Streptococcus – also known as group B Strep or GBS.

The bacterium, which is found in around one in four women, can be passed to babies around birth and is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborns.

Neither of the couple had ever heard of group B strep before Billy contracted the condition.

Ms Bradshaw, from Culford, near Bury St Edmunds, said: “Within 24 hours of being born, Billy was fighting for his life and his prognosis got bleaker and bleaker very rapidly. It is a traumatic story of joy that quickly turned to the complete opposite.”

Mr Pegg decided to undertake a cycle ride to increase awareness of GBS and raise £2,000 for the charity Group B Strep Support, which is campaigning for a national screening programme to test expectant women for GBS so that those at risk can be given the option of intravenous antibiotics during labour.

He will set off from the Angel Hill, Bury, on August 29 on the three-day ride via central London and down to Somerset.

He said: “I wanted to do the cycle ride while it was fresh in everyone’s minds. It will focus on what we are raising money for and will hopefully enlighten people that they can request a test and have medication during the birth if they choose to.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Billysbigcycleride to make a donation or go to gbss.org.uk for more information about GBS.

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