Fundraising Thank you's!

Sam takes on a coastal marathon!

It’s December, it’s cold and most people are feeling festive whilst wrapping their presents by a cosy fire….not Sam!

On Sunday 18 December 2016, Sam donned his Kicks Count charity vest with pride and took part in the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon and has raised £295 for the charity via his JustGiving page. This money could fund the printing of over 2,000 posters for us to send to hospital and doctor surgery waiting rooms for expectant mother’s to see our life saving information. THANK YOU SAM and all his generous friends and family for their support.

Sam told us why it was so important to run for our charity:

When my fiancée was pregnant with Freddie she was informed by her midwife about your charity and Stacie downloaded the app and had your charity page saved on her phone. 

One day she woke up and continued her usual day and noticed reduced movements, after trying all the tips about drinking cold water and laying on her side she noticed no difference so being aware of your advice and being 30 weeks pregnant she called the Princess Anne Hospital and they wanted her to be monitored. The hospital were happy. 

Stacie kept monitoring and using your app and we went in a further 3 times for reduced movements even. Her midwife told her this was the right thing to do and continue to get checked if she was not happy with the movements. She was discharged every time but because she was not happy her midwife kept an eye on her and would contact her regularly to check this.  

Thankfully Stacie did not have to be induced and 40 weeks and 6 days our little Freddie was born. I couldn’t thank your charity enough for giving us the information to get checked out and thankfully we didn’t need to be induced because of the movements but the information you provide allowed us to know the facts so if we needed to, we could have been. 

I will be participating in the marathon again next year and every year I can and will continue to raise money for your charity. While I was running many spectators said to me I was running for a great charity so the work you do is largely appreciated. 

Thank you once again for saving many little lives and making expectant parents aware of the importance in movements and to everyone at the charity have a lovely Christmas. 

Sam, Stacie and little Freddie. 

If you are thinking of taking on a challenge in the New Year, whether it be a charity walk, 5k run, half marathon or ultra marathon, we would be so grateful if you would consider raising awareness and much needed funds for our charity. Please email fundraising@kickscount.org.uk for more information or register your event if you have already signed up and we will send you a free charity vest.

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Tracy Stratford