I'm currently fundraising for Tommy's, the baby charity.
On Sunday April 26th I was due to be on the Start Line of the 40th London Marathon, the world's biggest one-day annual fundraising event.
So much has happened since I signed up for the marathon last year. Distance running is a very new thing to me, and I was proud to achieve a half marathon run just before we went into lockdown. I have decided to go ahead with the virtual London Marathon on Sunday 4th October, a chance for participants to run it their own way, within 24 hours.
Together with my friend Caroline we will power walk the miles, our time and distance will be confirmed by a tracker. I found training in lockdown challenging, and unfortunately I recently took a tumble whilst running, fracturing my wrist. Caroline sustained a knee injury preventing her from running, but we are committed and determined, so we are going to do our best to power walk as fast as we can and achieve a great finish time.
I wanted to honour my pledge to Tommy's, many charities have been so badly affected by the pandemic, it's important we all support however we can. The cancellation of thousands of fundraising events has left a huge hole in charity income contributing to a massive £4 billion shortfall for the crucial work they do for so many people.
The Tommy's pregnancy team have seen a staggering 71% increase in enquires since the start of the pandemic. Due to Covid restrictions unfortunately still women are being forced to attend antenatal appointments or go through stages of labour without the support of a partner.
Tommy’s provide expert advice and fund pioneering research to prevent stillbirth, miscarriage and premature birth. Your sponsorship allows Tommy’s to continue their vital work – in short you’re helping save babies' lives. Your support means the world to me.