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Matthew Williams

Running the London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]After 2 early term miscarriages Becca and I were excited to find out in late summer 2015 that we were expecting again, and this time the early scans confirmed a healthy heartbeat and a growing baby. Sadly, it was not to be and our daughter, Cara, was born sleeping at 22 weeks gestation on the 21st December 2015. We were fortunate enough to have a support network of incredible family and friends as well as receiving some direct support from the charity, Sands. We were able to get through our darkest days and come out the other side. I've run Marathons in the past but lost my running Mojo around this time, but I always said that I wanted to run in the London Marathon at least once and by the time I was 40. I turned 40 in October, the same year that Sands celebrated it's 40th anniversary. A co-incidence that I could not ignore given what they did for us and do for other families on a daily basis.[/p][p]Lots of people don't have the support network that we do, so I want to raise £3000 for Sands to enable them to offer more support for people who have suffered a Stillbirth or Neo-Natal loss. To put into real terms what that contribution would be able to achieve. Even a small contribution can help out a family in need:[/p][p]· Building Memories – £20 will pay for a Sands Memory Box - These memory boxes help parents to create memories and collect keepsakes in a very special way.[/p][p]· Empowering families – £10 will pay for a family support pack for bereaved parents in need of information and advice. This could also provide a midwife with the leaflets and resources needed to provide support to bereaved parents..[/p][p]· Train a Midwife – £77 could provide a day’s training for a midwife - helping to make sure every parent whose baby has died receives equally excellent bereavement care wherever they are in the UK.[/p][p]· Be a lifeline - £580 would pay for a day’s session of the Sands helpline providing a safe, confidential place where anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby can find support and information without judgement.[/p]

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May 8, 2019


Top work Matt. Sorry this is late coming in!

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

May 7, 2019


Well done Matt, this is a fabulous charity to support.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 4, 2019


Hi Matthew! I know you don’t know me - I was at school with Rebecca! I hope it’s not too late to donate! Well done on running and for such a very worthy cause and for raising so much money! I am glad to help support parents in their darkest moment.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Chris and Pip

Cracking effort and an excellent cause

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


Well done. Super work and especially after this week. Hope the toenails are ok tomorrow!

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


Cracking effort mate, well done!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

The Scutts

What a story and an incredible achievement today! Strong, courageous and inspiring.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Joy Constable

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Rob and Alison O’Connor

Well done Matthew. Hope you don’t ache too much afterwards.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Heather Booth

Sorry it’s not more but well done x