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Harrogate dad to run London Marathon for stillborn son

Harrogate dad to run London Marathon for stillborn son

Published at 1:00am 22nd April 2018.

Money raised will go towards improving the facilities at Harrogate District Hospital for patients who use the Ferndale Bereavement Suite on the Maternity Ward.

Adam, who obtained his place in the Marathon through his running club, Harrogate Harriers, will join more than 40,000 other runners in the race. 

His son, Ricky, was stillborn at just 21 weeks on 18 February 2016 at the hospital. Adam and his wife, Kate, used the Bereavement Suite which includes a cold cot, where they were able to spend precious time with their son before they said their goodbyes.

Adam said:

“We only realised recently how lucky we were to have access to the Ferndale Suite, specifically the cold cot. The suite made all the difference to our experience and I want to help the plans for its refurbishment.”

On the prospect of training for the London Marathon, he said:

The training has been tough with all the snow recently! Running five times a week and balancing work and family life has been challenging but as I always say, “you never regret a run!” I completed a 20 mile training run on Saturday and got soaked from start to finish, but it’s all part of the training.”

Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity is currently fundraising to refurbish the Maternity Bereavement Suite, with significant and additional upgrades, including full soundproofing, new equipment, better personal facilities, and a new bed and sofa, whilst creating a room with a more ambient feel. The refurbishment will make it a more comfortable space for patients.  

David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, said:

Thanks to the amazing support of people like Adam, Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity is able to provide funds to pay for specialist equipment, research and patient and family support that would otherwise not be there, making a real difference to patients and their families when they need it most.

Through wanting to make it that little bit easier for others in the future who are going through the devastation of losing a child in birth, Adam is a real inspiration.”

You can support Adam through his online fundraising page, here: www.justgiving.com/A-Newton1.

 

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