Group B Strep Support

Iwan Thomas

Fundraising for Group B Strep Support
raised of £15,000 target
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Event: London Marathon 2021, on 3 October 2021
Welcome to our 2020 London marathon page!


When my son Teddy was born on 29th December 2018, I was the happiest man in the world. I suddenly knew what true unconditional love was, he came out and I burst into tears.

I went home to have a shower and got a phone call from the hospital. They said please come back, Teddy’s sick and in intensive care. I later learned he’d got group B Strep infection, something I’d never heard of before.

It was the worst day of my life looking at my everything covered in tubes in an incubator, fighting for his life. I wanted to swap places with him. I'm not religious, but I was saying: 'Please God, take me instead.' If the infection had spread, we knew that even if Teddy survived, he could be brain damaged. For my partner's sake, I put on a tough facade but inside I was crumbling. 

Thankfully after an agonising 10 days in hospital, Teddy pulled through and came home with us. He’s since made an amazing recovery and is doing well. 

In 2021 I’m going to undertake the biggest challenge of my life to raise awareness of Group B Strep and funds for the charity Group B Strep Support, who do a brilliant job fighting for better prevention and treatment for Strep B in the UK - I'll also be running the London Marathon for them in October 2021.

Months of tough training, blood sweat & tears plus qualifying races ahead of the South Downs Way Centurion, a 100 MILE non-stop hilly race, Winchester to Eastbourne. 

We will be documenting this journey so please come along for the ride, updates to come. Many people may think because I was a runner I can run, but believe me anything over 5 miles for me is a real effort so this is going to take every ounce of mental strength I have.

I know having my boy Teddy in my thoughts will help give me that strength and knowing if I can just help one family be aware of this horrible illness and save them the issues we have been through will make me proud.

This race finishes with a 400m on the track. For those mathematicians amongst us, the race is 400 400’s so it's gonna hurt. There will be many links in my bio on Insta along the way and I thank you for your kind support ️ 

About the campaign

Welcome to our 2020 London marathon page!

About the charity

Group B Strep Support

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Group B Streptococcus is the UK's most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies & of meningitis in babies under age 3 months. Most of these infections are preventable. Group B Strep Support informs families & health professionals about group B Strep to save tiny lives.

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