Leigh's #HugosLegacy Active Every Day Challenge 2018

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On 20 February 2014 my son Hugo was born 16 weeks' prematurely because I had the rare, life-threatening pregnancy complication HELLP syndrome. I nearly died of multiple organ failure, and Hugo had to be born to save both our lives.

Sadly, Hugo died aged 35 days later.

I am doing the Active Every Day Challenge to celebrate Hugo's life; and to reclaim my love of spring, my favourite season. The longer days, sunshine, the glory of the array of colours of spring flowers. I want to celebrate being alive, and to celebrate being physically able to do things that it's all too easy to take for granted.

When I was admitted to hospital I was unable to walk - at first because I was ordered to remain in bed, and I was attached to so many wires I couldn't have gone far anyway. After Hugo was born moving was difficult not only because of the C-section, but also because my body had swollen as the result of my illness. I was like a Michelin woman! The sudden swelling affected the tendons and ligaments in my wrists and ankles. I was unable to hold a pen, open a yogurt pot, or hold cutlery. I was unable to walk more than a couple of steps, and had to be taken anywhere (including the toilet) in a wheelchair.

As part of the Active Every Day Challenge I shall be doing activities such as running (including a long countryside run/walk at weekends; boxing; weights; HIIT circuits (things like kettlebells, battle ropes, box jumps)...something every single day during the 35 days of Hugo's life, between 20 February and 27 March.

I hope you will help me support Tommy's and First Touch help other families like mine. 

I'll be posting regular updates here so you can see how I am getting on. You can also visit my Instagram and Twitter - @leighakendall #HugosLegacy, and read more about my story on my blog http://headspace-perspective.com/2018/02/19/active-every-day-challenge/. 

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Raised: 37%
 

Team target: £1,000.00

Raised so far: £366.25

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Leigh Kendall

Leigh's #HugosLegacy Active Every Day (Tommy's)

13 donations

37%

£205.08

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Leigh Kendall

Leigh's #HugosLegacy Active Every Day (First Touch)

10 donations

29%

£161.17

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