I’m running as many marathons as it takes to raise money for research to prevent stillborn babies.
My challenge starts this April and May when I will run two marathons in a month: London and Edinburgh.
My baby boy Bear Hamilton Pullen died on his due date, 29th November 2010. He spent all his life in his Mummy’s tummy, but I felt him kick, I heard his hiccups and felt his gorgeous body night after night. We bonded as Father and Son.
I thought stillbirths were something that happened in the nineteenth century. I was devastated to discover that this affliction is still very real today: one in every two hundred pregnancies ends this way. Including ours.
Twenty years ago, doctors didn’t understand the cause of Cot Death (SIDS). After enough charitable funds and public awareness were raised, the numbers have fallen ten-fold and I want this same effort directed into research to prevent stillbirth and early neonatal deaths. Today five times as many babies die in the late stages of pregnancy as they do from Cot Death.
Bear had his life needlessly taken away, before it had even properly started. He was a healthy baby and doctors have no answers.
Please help me change this lack of knowledge by helping me raise funds for Tommy’s. Dedicated to foetal health, your money will be directed to one of its three research centres in the UK at St Thomas' in London, St Mary’s in Manchester and the recently established Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh.
I am going to keep running until I can make a difference, so please give generously and try and stop me.
In memory of our baby boy Bear.