As unbelievable as it sounds 2-3 women are diagnosed with cancer in pregnancy in the UK and Ireland every day. In 2014 one of those women was my wife – Pip.
Pip’s treatment was thankfully effective, and our third child Grace is now
flourishing after having been introduced to the world prematurely. It was an experience that was beyond challenging for us as a family, and in many ways continues to be.
That was why I was excited about taking on a role with Mummy’s Star – a fabulous charity that supports families impacted by cancer in pregnancy. I recently became a Trustee and Treasurer and I am wowed by all that Pete and the team achieve - support to many families and in many different ways (peer / emotional / advocacy and financial).
As well as contributing my time I want to contribute to really important fundraising efforts. Hence this (potentially quite silly) challenge, to run 5k every day in May. I have done it before. It’s painful. You may be thinking that 5k isn’t that much – but added up every day it roughly totals 4 marathons over the course of the month.
I am really lucky to work with an amazing team who have agreed to join in (with various every day in May challenges) – so please visit our team page, and their pages too – we’re all in it together.
About Mummy's Star:
Mummy's Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to supporting pregnancy through cancer and beyond. Your donation means that women diagnosed with any cancer during pregnancy or within a year of a birth are able to reach Mummy's Star and the specialised support they offer. They help families to meet others in a similar position, offer small grants to relieve some financial burden, give support to partners and the wider family, promote awareness and support research. Thank you!