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For our beautiful son Toby. Loved always xxxx

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  • Event: 2011 Asics British 10K London Run, 10 Jul 2011

Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity

We provide support services and work to reduce the number of baby deaths

Charity Registration No. 299679 & SC042789

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Update 10th July 2011. Race completed!! Time of 51min20secs my best so far. The most amazing & emotional day. Thanks to everyone. We love and miss you Toby xxxx

Update 9th July 2011. 18 hours to go until the start of the British10K. WE HAVE ACHIEVED THE £500 TARGET!!!!!! Fantastic. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please keep donating though :))

Update 8th July 2011. Final training run completed today. So now all I need is a night of beer, curry and rest!! Then on Saturday no beer/curry but more rest and I should be ready for Sunday morning. Race is starting at 9.35am so a very early start on Sunday morning. Updates to follow on the day of the race. Thanks to everyone.

Update 2nd July 2011. 1 week to the race in London. 100 miles of training. Completed a 10K distance today in 52min46secs, nearly 6 minutes faster than previous time. Thanks to everyone helping me on http://www.cpfc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=158532 and Mike my neighbour who introduced me to hill running!!

Update 20th June 2011. Training going well. Over 75 miles of training has now been done and I have run a 10k (6.2miles) in 58min40secs :) In April I couldn't even run 2 miles without walking for some of it. 20 days until the race in London. Thanks for reading and for your donations.

Welcome to my fundraising page for SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity). I will be running the British 10K London Run on 10th July 2011 to raise money for SANDS in memory of my son Toby who was born on 3rd January 2006(his mummies birthday) and passed away 83 hours later.

The moment Toby arrived our lives changed forever. Our happiness soon changed to confusion, anger and sadness. We were making decisions we never thought we would have to. Trying to stay strong for Toby, for our daughter Amelia, for each other, we spent an amazing 83 hours with our family. We would give anything to have those 83 hours again. 

The congratulation cards changed to sympathy cards, sitting in the lounge with the funeral director discussing music, going to see Toby in the chapel of rest, trying to remain 'normal' for our daughter, the numbness, trying to eat, people saying the right things, people saying the wrong things, the funeral............

Nearly 5 years on it still only feels like yesterday. We loved the time we got to spend with Toby and he is very much part of our family. He now has a brother Oliver and Amelia talks about Toby every day as do we. We love Toby very much and are so proud of all our children. 

SANDS helps families during these traumatic times. Sometimes you don't even know you need help but its important that every family is offered their services, whether it be a special room in hospitals or ongoing support. 

Please donate and help to ensure that families get this much needed support. 

Thank you for reading our story.

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