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Cathy Roberts

Cathy Roberts

London Marathon and Great North Run Tommys

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My story

[p]#10for10in10[/p][p] [/p][p]A tenth birthday is a milestone. Cameron should be here celebrating with his family and friends but sadly we will only have him in our hearts, not our arms. So, to honour his memory and to bring something positive from his birthday I have decided to take on #10for10in10 . I will be running 10 events, each a minimum of 10k, within 10 months, for Cameron’s 10th birthday. As I only started running less than two years ago and was seven stone heavier then, this is going to be a big undertaking for me![/p][p] [/p][p]Here is our story of Cameron.[/p][p] [/p][p]Mike and I had been together for nine years (married for four) when we decided to expand our family of two to a family of three. We fell pregnant instantly and the excitement of starting our family grew. I had the usual morning sickness, heartburn etc. but nothing untoward. It was a textbook pregnancy. But our baby boy was in no rush to be born and my due date came and went. [/p][p] [/p][p]In the early hours of the morning on 27th December 2009, at 41 + 1 weeks pregnant with our first child, I woke up in labour. The contractions were intense, very close together and very short. We made the journey to the hospital to have our little boy.[/p][p] [/p][p]We entered the labour unit and were directed to our room. The midwife came to listen in to our baby’s heartbeat before the task of giving birth began. This was the moment our world came crashing down. The midwife made her excuses and left the room saying she would be back in a minute. Her tone was calming but I knew something was seriously wrong. Next a doctor was brought in to scan me. I watched the ultrasound image, an image I will never forget. It was my perfect baby boys’ heart, perfectly still. I stared and stared desperate for his heart to beat but it stayed completely still for what felt like an eternity. We were then told the news that there was no heartbeat, our baby had died. I was in the advanced stages of labour and our baby was delivered very shortly afterwards. I had had a catastrophic concealed placental abruption.[/p][p] [/p][p]Cameron was born on the 27th December 2009 at 06:44. He weighed a perfect 9lb 2 1/2oz and was 52cm long, he had black hair with a little curl in it. He was wanted so badly within our family but sadly he can only join us in our hearts. He was loved so very much from the moment we found out we were expecting and will be loved for the rest of our lives. For such a small person who only had a place in the world for the nine months he was carried he has brought so much love and was loved so much by so many people.[/p][p] [/p][p]Eleven months later we were incredibly blessed to have our son Matthew (now a full of energy 8-year-old boy!). Matthew loves to take part in fun runs and we hope that he will be able to take part in some kids’ events with the help and support of Mike at some of the races I am taking part in.[/p][p] [/p][p]We have sadly had a further two miscarriages since Matthew was born. and Tommy’s provide support for every stage of pregnancy loss as well as research to find ways to prevent such losses. This is the reason I have chosen to fundraise for Tommy’s.[/p][p] [/p][p]I am very lucky to have my wonderful husband Mike, my fantastic son Matthew, incredible parents and parents in law and all our brilliant family and friends who have not only supported us through the hard times but who have supported and encouraged me as I have started running.[/p][p] [/p][p]I hope that by marking Cameron’s tenth birthday in this way and raising some vital funds for Tommy’s, his very short life will help to prevent other families from going through such devastation. [/p][p][br][/p][p]I am also incredible lucky that since starting my 10for10in10 journey Tommys have offered me a place at the VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON 2020!!!!! So my fundraising will continue to include this!!![/p][p] [/p][p]If love is a measure of the man[/p][p]this makes Cameron a giant among men[/p][p] [/p][p]Cathy [/p][p]xxxxx[/p][p][br][/p][p]Here's some more information about Tommy's. [/p][p]Tommy's fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents. They believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. Tommy's want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and take home happy healthy babies. [/p][p]Tommy's give over £1.5 million a year to four research centres to carry out vital work on preventing pregnancy loss. Their research centres also have clinics which provide specialised antenatal care for women who are at high risk of having miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. They also give people the opportunity to be part of our research through taking part in trials for pioneering new treatments.[/p][p]Tommy's are supported by people like me, who want to do something about the lack of research and information around pregnancy issues. By 2030 they want to halve the number of babies who die during pregnancy or birth.[/p][p]I am fundraising to help Tommy's prevent parents from going through baby loss, provide information to empower women through pregnancy and to support those who have suffered pregnancy complications or loss.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me, and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Tommy's. [/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read my page. Please donate to this fantastic cause who are doing ground breaking work in saving babies' lives! I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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Oct 4, 2020

Anonymous

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Aug 17, 2020

40th race entry fee

40th race entry fee

£20.00


Jul 12, 2020

Muckhart Golf Club Charity Golf Day

Good luck - with you all the way

£136.00


Apr 26, 2020

Julie McBrien

£15.00


Apr 26, 2020

Jo

Keep going Cathy! Xxx

£10.00


Apr 26, 2020

Mhorag


Apr 26, 2020

Anonymous

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 26, 2020

Jennifer Conrad Niamh

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 26, 2020

Anonymous

Well done Cathy, making the best of a bad situation! Love The Stevensons xxx

£26.20

plus £6.55 Gift Aid


Mar 6, 2020

Natalie Bate

Good luck Cathy!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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