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Francesca Murray

Francesca Murray

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2021


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]On 11 April 2021, in a decision fuelled by sleep deprivation and the urge to set a possibly impossible goal for my new self, I will be donning my trainers and running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for charity Kicks Count.[/p][p]Kicks Count aims to reduce the UK's high stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of baby movements. [/p][p]In June 2020, I gave birth to our son George. At 38 weeks, three days before he was born, I noticed a significant decrease in his movement. As most people do, I consulted Dr Google, wrongly believing that movements slow down before labour is imminent. I came across Kicks Count. Of course I became extremely worried and phoned the hospital.[/p][p]On the CTG, George showed signs of distress and I was induced. After induction failed to progress, he was born via emergency c section, weighing 5lb 10oz, and was taken away to neonatal care. At that point the reasons for his condition were unexplained and he was treated for sepsis.[/p][p]Tests have since shown that my placenta was smaller than it should have been for his gestation and he had been struggling for a while. Further tests also showed a haemorrhage within the placenta.[/p][p]A small placenta - which is usually known as placental insufficiency and in turn Fetal Growth Restriction (FGR) - can be fatal. The only obvious symptom I had that things were not all that it seemed was reduced movement, when he started to tire and give up. We were extremely lucky - only a short while longer and our story could have been different.[/p][p]George is now a thriving, happy little boy and he brings us so much joy. He thankfully has no lasting effects from his ordeal.[/p][p]But we know that not all parents have the same outcome as us. [/p][p]While there isn't one cause of stillbirth, a decrease in baby's movements can be a key warning sign that a baby is in distress and 50% of mothers who had a stillbirth noticed slowing down of baby's movements beforehand. [/p][p]By raising awareness of baby's movements and encouraging mums to report any change in movement immediately it is estimated that a third of stillbirths could be prevented. [/p][p]While I won’t be the fastest runner on the block (hello postpartum body) and I certainly won’t be going for any PBs (hello c section) please help me raise money for this vital campaign and charity. They empowered me to speak out for my baby and save his life. [/p]

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Apr 12, 2021


Casual excellence, as I would expect x


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 11, 2021




plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jan 17, 2021


You amazing woman!! So happy to have you as my new mummy friend... may our babies be life long friends x


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Jan 16, 2021


Well done fran, great cause. From the Wilson’s x


Jan 16, 2021



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Dec 3, 2020

Melissa Scott

Quite a story. Happiest congratulations on the birth of baby George and very best for your challenge. Important work. Ps. I worked for the ISM before you were born!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 24, 2020

H C and S

Go auntie Fran! 💪


plus £11.25 Gift Aid

Nov 14, 2020

Gemma and Tom

Best of luck, love Gemma and Tom xxx


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 13, 2020

Simon and Kate

You’re such an inspiration! 🥰 well done mama xxx


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2020

Ruth and Tim

Go Fran!! So impressive! Take it easy with the training - it’s a (half) marathon not a sprint! Hopefully we can be there on the day to cheer you on :)


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