Baby charity fundraising runs are a family affair

Trainee doctor Rachel Marsden with her daughters Rebecca, 11 and Evie, 6. Rachel is in training for the London Marathon for charity Tommys.

Trainee doctor Rachel Marsden with her daughters Rebecca, 11 and Evie, 6. Rachel is in training for the London Marathon for charity Tommys.

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A MUM-OF-THREE is on a mission to raise thousands of pounds for charity in memory of her best friend’s son.

Rachel Marsden, aged 32, was delighted when friend of 16 years Caroline Savage announced she was expecting her first child at the same time she gave birth to her third daughter.

Trainee GP Rachel, of Nether Edge, gave birth to Emily in February, but tragedy struck when Caroline went into labour 22 weeks into her pregnancy.

Sadly, Caroline’s son Quinn passed away before she and husband Nick were able to bring him home.

Rachel felt compelled to do something so with three-and-a-half stone of baby weight to lose, she donned her trainers to raise money for charity Tommy’s.

It funds research into premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage, and supports those who have lost a baby during pregnancy or birth.

After completing Sheffield Half Marathon, Rachel has her sights set on next year’s London Marathon.

She said: “I wanted to do something positive in Quinn’s memory. If Caroline and Nick have found the strength to mourn their son and move forward, then I can run 26.2 miles. There’s really no comparison.”

Rachel wants to raise £2, 500 and has enlisted daughters Rebecca, 11, and Evie, six. As Team Little Legs they have completed several sponsored runs.

The Marsdens have organised a Christmas fair at St. Oswald and St Peter’s Church Hall, Millhouses, on Saturday, December 8, featuring a Santa’s grotto, art and craft stalls, tombola, raffle and refreshments.

■ Visit Rachel Marsden fundraising to donate.

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