A Bolton man whose wife had a miscarriage this year is raising awareness of a cause that helps people who have suffered the same traumatic experience as they have. 

Richard and Jennifer Bates, aged 32 and 34 respectively, suffered a silent miscarriage in early January.

A silent miscarriage, also known as a missed miscarriage, is when a baby has died in the womb but the mother has not had any symptoms, such as bleeding or pain.

This type of miscarriage is usually diagnosed during routine scans, which is how Richard and Jennifer found out that they’d lost their son, Max.

Richard said: “My wife suffered a silent miscarriage in January. There were no symptoms.

“We went for a scan and the doctor told us there was no heartbeat there.

“It was a bit of a shock for everyone. We’d had a scan in December and it was all fine.”

Given that miscarriages can sometimes be considered a taboo subject, Richard wants to raise awareness for The Miscarriage Association, the charity he is fundraising for.

He said: “I’m trying to raise awareness of the physical and mental signs for mothers and the mental impact for their partners.

“It needs to be brought into more open debate and discussion.”

The Bolton News: Richard and Jennifer at her graduation in December, around the time they found out they were expectingRichard and Jennifer at her graduation in December, around the time they found out they were expecting

He added: “The charity provides support and advice. The money that is raised, it will allow someone to pick up a phone or respond to emails.

“It’s a charity that’s not covered much in the mainstream.”

Richard will be walking from his home in Westhoughton to Rivington Pike and it won’t be without its challenges.

He said: “I’ve got quite bad asthma so that’s a factor – I didn’t want to do any sort of run.

“I’m going up Rivington, which is quite an uphill challenge at the end. I’m walking from my home address so it will be about 7.5 miles.

“A few friends are coming along so that’ll be nice.”

Richard spoke about how surprised he was to find how regular miscarriages can be.

He said: “I found out so many people in my own circle had been through this, because we were quite open about what had happened.

“It’s amazing how people start opening up.”

If you’d like to donate to Richard’s walk, visit his fundraising page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/awalkformax.