Hertfordshire Dad, Ben Biggs, is planning to run three half marathons and three full marathons to raise money for Bliss, the special care baby charity.
Bliss supported Ben and his family during the premature births of his three children who were born at 29, 31 and 35 weeks gestation, and all required specialist hospital care. His second child, Isabella, sadly passed away at four weeks old after suffering from E. Coli Septicemia.
Electrician Ben said: “This year Isabella would have been 10 years old. So instead of shedding a tear at her graveside as we do every year, I’m going to mark the anniversary of her death by raising money for premature and sick babies.
“Bliss is a wonderful charity, which is dedicated to helping babies who can't help themselves. Isabella was strong until the end but finally she lost her fight and we lost our little baby girl.”
Bliss provides vital support and free advice to families of babies born too soon, too small or too sick, as well as funding research and changes in clinical practice.
Ben’s challenge, which will see him do one run a week, will take him around Europe, completing marathons in Rome, Paris, Wales, London, Northampton and Hampton Court.
He said: “Training is hard, particularly on my morning runs before work. I start at 4.30am and the weather can be less than welcoming, but the thought of raising money for Bliss makes it all worthwhile.”
Chief Executive of Bliss Caroline Davey said: “I wish Ben the best of luck taking on this incredible challenge for Bliss. He is part of a team of dedicated runners who are raising money and awareness for premature and sick babies. The vital funds they raise will help us improve the lives of babies throughout the UK.”
If you would like to help Ben reach his fundraising target of £5,000, you can donate to his Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/benjaminbiggs/ or to find out more about Bliss, visit their website bliss.org.uk.