Neil Hancock

Charity

Tommy's
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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Neil Hancock

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

                        

Updated 04/09/2017

Morning all, less than six days to go and it is now VERY real……

Training in Turkey was hard and very hot…..Not ideal training through the day then enjoying the food and beverages on an evening J

However it was without doubt what got me through my last ‘training run’ yesterday. I was persuaded to enter the ‘Para’s 10’ at Catterick, described as the ultimate 10 mile endurance race. Well I can tell you they are not wrong….Equipped with boots and 35lb pack Roseanne’s daddy Keith, her cousin Paul and I set off across the ranges. It was one of the hardest races (I use the term race VERY loosely) I have ever done. We started together and thanks to the two boys for dragging Grandad around, we finished together.

Roseanne even got her own medal courtesy of Blaze the Border terrier.

So a day filled with pain and stiff legs, but a great achievement. One down and one to go……

Travelling home in the afternoon I received my first pictures of the finished ‘Teardrop Tree’

This tree has been built from copper and aluminium by friend and work colleague Louise Barth. Simply stunning is all I can describe it as. The leaves will have names of our sleeping angels on them and I will proudly carry the tree on Sunday the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields.

I hope that it will then make many more appearances at different events throughout the country.

If you would like to help support me by giving me a penny, a pound or just a shout of encouragement either from the sides of the road on Sunday or if you see me on TV then please follow the link below to learn more.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilHancock

If you would like to remember your sleeping angel then please follow this link

http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teardrops

Updated 31/07/2017

Time is marching on and the race draws near.....Time for some 'altitude' training. I know some nice hills in Turkey to run up in the next few weeks. I will have my pack on just to add some extra resistance.

We as a family have committed to working with the many support groups to help and support others in this position and to raise awareness of how prevalent this loss is. I am running the Great North Run in September and will be raising funds for Tommy’s the charity which funds research in to why these incidents happen, helping save babies lives.

Roseanne's daddy will be running for 'Remember my Baby' and others will be running for various baby loss charities in memory of Roseanne, including 4Louis.

Our family got our memory box from 4Louis and we treasure all of the items in it.

I will be carrying a willow tree with the trunk and branches made from copper and the aluminium leaves will be in the shape of a tear drop. Each leaf will be engraved with the name and date of birth of a Sleeping Angel. To sponsor a leaf is five pounds.

The tree will be kept in the chapel of the hospital unit where Roseanne was delivered. It will be a lasting memorial to all of the babies and a focal point for the parents.

I intend to bring the tree out to as many events as the old body will allow me to. By raising the awareness of these tragic events and letting people know it is ok to talk about it I hope more will support the work of the many charities who give comfort and practical support for families like ours.

I have been contacted by a number of families who would like to remember their angels and have the names on a leaf. If you follow the link below it has my contact details on there.

Lots of people have sponsored a leaf but have no sleeping angel to be remembered. I currently have 191 leaves on the tree and it is growing fast.

If you have lost a little one and would like them to have a leaf in their memory then please follow the link below.

http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teardrops

Updated 18/07/2017

Wow I can’t believe all of the donations and the messages of support thank you so much it really means a lot to me...

Training going well...trained on the stairs tonight 62 floors of the RNLI College in Poole up and down carrying my pack. Setting me up nicely for my warm up....a gentle 10 mile all terrain event carrying a 35lb pack....Para’s 10 at Catterick the Sunday before the GNR....which bit of me is mad !!

I have been contacted by a number of families who would like to remember their angels and have the names on a leaf. If you follow the link below it has my contact details on there.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teardrops

Hi everyone, thank you for taking the time to read this.

My name is Neil Hancock and I have been involved with the RNLI in many areas for the last 36 years. All of this involvement in our fabulous organisation could not have prepared me for events that were to overtake my family and I last summer. 

We were eagerly expecting the arrival of our second granddaughter in late June 2016.

Roseanne Joni Tait was born naturally at 0110 hrs on Monday 27th June 2016. She weighed in at 7lb 7 ½ oz. Sadly our little princess’s heart stopped beating some days before, we don’t know why, so our little angel was born sleeping.

She may not have drawn breath in this world but she has been loved from the start and will always be part of our family and our memories.

The support my family and I received from across all areas of the RNLI was incredible and so humbling. It just reminded me what an extended family we are.

We also received tremendous support from a local group called Teardrop. These are part of the national support network for bereaved parents.

So much comfort and support from the group made sense of some of the darkest days of my life. 

We as a family have committed to working with the support groups to help and support others in this position and to raise awareness of how prevalent this loss is. I am running the Great North Run in September and will be raising funds for Tommy’s the charity which funds research in to why these incidents happen, helping save babies lives.

I will be carrying a willow tree with the trunk and branches made from copper and the aluminium leaves will be in the shape of a tear drop. Each leaf will be engraved with the name and date of birth of the Sleeping Angel. To sponsor a leaf is five pounds.

The tree will be kept in the chapel of the hospital unit where Roseanne was delivered. It will be a lasting memorial to all of the babies and a focal point for the parents. 

Along with the support from my friends and colleagues in the RNLI came a sense of not facing this alone. A number of people confided that they or family members had experienced the same loss.

More than 17 parents daily have to endure that heartbreak nationally. 

I need your help to spread the message. Please Tweet or Facebook the link to my Virgin Money Giving page. Let’s make people aware of the terrible heartache that losing a child brings and how they can help fund the research to prevent it.

It is fitting I think that today, Roseanne's 1st birthday I can ask you to help support me on this challenge and fund not only the research which helps prevent baby loss but to raise awareness.

Thank you,

Neil

 

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Recent donors

12.09.17 Well done. Ronin Judo Club

12.09.17 Good effort mate!!

11.09.17 Well done Neil, from all of the Olivers.

11.09.17 Such a good cause and a positive result for all

10.09.17 Well done Neil x

10.09.17 Thank you for including Dexter Bear for us. Good luck and what a fantastic amount raised xxxxx

10.09.17 Good Luck Sensei Neil

10.09.17 Good luck today Neil!

09.09.17 Proud of you matey. I know you will give it your all Grandad xxxx

09.09.17 Good luck I will look out for you there x

09.09.17

09.09.17 Good luck! Donating in memory of my daughter Alice 15.02.15 x

08.09.17 Well done Neil! Have an awesome race on Sunday! Lots of Love from the Poole Bay, Christchurch and Swanage Lifeguards! xxx

08.09.17 Will be thinking of you on your run and will shout support at the TV! A beautiful tree. So lovely to see (and hear) it in the office.

07.09.17 Hearing that beautiful tree whispering its little voices all morning ... Good luck avoiding Mr Health and Safety Jobsworth, and if you do get arrested I'll double my money

06.09.17 Les Roberts - Keep going mate.

05.09.17 Good luck Neil - a great cause!

04.09.17

04.09.17 Paul Fisher - Paul will also double his donation on the presentation of a picture of me in a tutu at the end of the GNR. - Remember I am as daft as you are....get your wallet open

04.09.17 Peter Dawes - Will double the donation on presentation of a picture of me in a tutu at the finish of the GNR. Get your money ready Peter

04.09.17 All the best for the GNR!!

04.09.17 For Lizzie- my beautiful little girl. Thank you Neil for keeping her memory alive whilst raising awareness and fundraising for such a heartfelt cause x

03.09.17 In awe and admiration of all you and your family are doing for this cause, best of luck Neil! Xxx

04.08.17 Good luck with the run!

01.08.17 Good luck Neil!

£2,310.00

Running total

Target:
£2,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£2,587.50
Total donors:
71
Last donor:
John Hall
12.09.17  
Offline fundraising:
£0.00
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