Wednesday 2 March 2016

Fundraising for Tommy's

The last 12 months have been tough for my wife Emily and me. I’ve decided to try to do something positive by taking on the challenge of Ride London, cycling 100 miles in London and Surrey in July and Sheffield Half Marathon in April. I’d like to ask for your support in the form of a donation, however small.

Emily and I have suffered two miscarriages in the last year. It’s hard to put in to words how devastating it is to lose a baby, however early. The excitement and anticipation you feel when you’re expecting is abruptly and cruelly brought to an end. And once you’re done at the hospital you’re just left to get on with life and to try again despite the fear of how you’ll cope if the same happens yet again. It’s a lonely experience.

Until you have three miscarriages in a row the NHS isn’t interested in investigating what might be the cause. Even then, very little is understood about why so many women miscarry – around 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth – this devastation impacts on so many couples. This is where the charity Tommy's comes in. They fund research into pregnancy problems and try to end the stigma around miscarriage.

Tommy’s and its supporters refuse to accept that a baby's death is just 'one of those things'. Their target is to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030.

You can donate here: 

1 comment:

  1. I am very happy to support you but I hope you don't overdo it. Will give a donation however much or little you cycle or run - so do what is healthy for you body and spirit.