Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I’m raising money for Kicks Count because, sadly, stillbirth isn’t as rare as many people think. The UK has the 3rd highest stillbirth rate in the developed world.

I had to watch my friends experience the unimaginable as they lost their daughter in 2011. There was no awareness then, we never thought it could possibly happen. We were pregnant at the same time and all listened to advice that was so very wrong, such as the baby’s movements slow down near the end and first time mothers worry too much. I’m absolutely certain that we would have lost our son in exactly the same way should the same circumstances have occurred.

Things are changing, awareness is finally increasing but there is more to be done. The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics in July 2018 showed that 2017 had the lowest stillbirth rate since records began. Raising awareness of baby's movements IS making a difference! As a charity dedicated to reducing stillbirth and neonatal death, Kicks Count need help to continue raising awareness and to save more babies lives.

I started my running journey in 2018 and have dedicated all my fundraising to Kicks Count, I ran my first half marathon in Sheffield, April 2019 and a year later I'll be running my first marathon in Manchester on Sunday 5th April. It’s a great cause, and your donation will help them achieve even more. Donating is easy, quick and secure.

My marathon journey is dedicated to you, beautiful and perfect Una Jayne, you should have been 8 years old this year and I know that even if I save one baby’s life as I run in your memory I will be so happy to have made a small difference.

Please share with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter – and elsewhere – so I can reach my target and together we can help Kicks Count do more. Thank you!

You can read stories of how Kicks Count have made a difference here: Lucy Ledger