A father is to go the extra mile for a stillbirth and neonatal death charity in memory of his baby daughter.
Adam Chipperfield, 26, will put his best foot forward in a 10km run in London on Sunday July 13 in aid of SANDS, which supported him and his family following the death of Lila Grace in January.
The connections advisor for electricity firm UK Power Networks, who lives in Stowmarket with his partner Jess and four-year-old son Harley, has already raised nearly £550 to help other families that have faced similar heartbreak.
He said: “Jess was 36 weeks pregnant when we went into hospital on the Thursday morning only to be told the most devastating news imaginable - that baby Lila’s heartbeat could not be found.
“The next stage was even harder as we had to proceed with the labour in the knowledge that our beautiful baby girl would never wake up - and then we had to explain to our four-year-old son that the sister he was looking so forward to meeting wasn’t coming home.”
Since then, he and his family has received support from SANDS and Mr Chipperfield wants to raise as much as he can for the charity.
He added: “Originally I set out to raise £200 but I have received such an overwhelming response from friends and colleagues that I’ve already gone past that total.
“Anything I get now is beyond my expectations - it is such a great charity which people clearly want to support.
“I haven’t run since 2004 so I thought this would provide me with a challenge and something I could really get behind.”
UK Power Networks will add another £100 to his total as part of its match funding scheme.
To support Mr Chipperfield visit www.justgiving.com/adam-and-lila
For details on the charity visit www.uk-sands.org