Heidi Rayward


Tommy's goal is to reduce the incidence of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth which cause so much suffering to more than a quarter of all parents across the UK. Tommy's believes that disseminating information can help to minimise the risks inherent in pregnancy whilst medical research will increase our understanding of the fundamental causes and hence lead to identifying those most at risk and treating them.
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Heidi's Race to 40 (for James)

Heidi Rayward

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HeidiRayward

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So here I am, seizing the bull by the horns and committing myself to this mammoth task of not only signing up to run the marathon in 2017 but to also raise £3000 for Tommy's.

My story starts at the beginning of this year (2016). Whilst I was pregnant I took up running in the hope of counteracting high blood pressure. It wasn't an easy task having not actually worn running trainers, let alone run, for many MANY years but I had a purpose and so it was I started. After successfully reaching my first goal of running a mile continuously without keeling over I decided to set my next target... running 5km. Rather sadly the 2016 London Marathon resulted in the death of an Army captain who was raising funds for Help 4 Heroes. This tragedy spurred me on to do my 5k run in honour of Cpt Seath and his uncompleted miles.

It was at this point I thought, "I've done a mile, I've done a 5k so naturally next is a 10k run". This spurred me on to commit myself to doing each of the distances 1mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon and Marathon in time for my 40th birthday next year (2017). So pregnant and determined I continued to run, increase distance and improve.

Sadly April 2016 took a turn in events and on April 4th 2016 my beautiful baby boy, James, arrived at 23 + 3 wks.  He didn't survive delivery and so I am left with empty arms and a broken heart that no parent should ever have to experience.

The Virgin London Marathon 2017 will fall a matter of weeks after James' first birthday and so I have decided to combine my pre 40th Marathon run with fundraising for a charity that can help research ways that will hopefully prevent other parents from suffering the loss of their baby. 

James will always be with me every day in my heart but I want to honour and celebrate his existence next year and feel this is the best way for me to do exactly that.

So I'd just like to say, any £'s you can spare to sponsor me through my blood, sweat and tears (there will be plenty of the latter) I would be ever so grateful for. I won't be fast, that's a fact, but I will complete. That I can promise xx 

Thank you for your support xx 

Update: I have now started an instagram page heidiraceto40 if you want to track my journey to the marathon. Running cheers always welcome! 

Update: In September I will be running in memory of James for Tommy's at The Great North Run. Thank you all so much for your continued support x 

Recent donors

28.03.17 Good luck Heidi- we will look out for you. Lots of love- so proud of your determination xxx

25.03.17 Good Luck Heidi! Great challenge and great cause X God bless our little ones X

22.03.17 Good luck!


17.03.17 wishing you a very safe and enjoyable run. Will be cheering you on all the way my lovely. So proud of you xx


17.03.17 Good luck!



23.02.17 Thanks for letting us share your fundraising ideas with other fundraisers. We loved reading through your Instagram posts. Good luck with the rest of your fundraising and race day!

23.12.16 Just adding some Christmas wishes!!

22.12.16 Merry Christmas x


22.12.16 Percy Throwers (3)

21.12.16 Percy Throwers (2)


16.12.16 All the very best from Portland House. May you enjoy your Race to 40. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -T. S. Eliot

16.12.16 One Stop Shop

14.12.16 Percy Throwers

14.12.16 Love a raffle :)

14.12.16 St Martin's Staff room

14.12.16 Raffle tickets

12.12.16 St Martin's school raffle

12.12.16 best of luck and thank you for sharing your story

11.12.16 Go Heidi! Wishing you the best of luck for a great cause.


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