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Trust runners raise £1,200 for charity

elvet striders

elvet striders

Elvet Striders, a Durham running club, celebrated its 30th anniversary by taking part in a 300 mile relay run across the pennine way.

Many of the runners are members of staff with the Trust and helped to raise £900 for St Cuthberts' Hospice in Durham and the charity 4Louis which supports bereaved parents.

Some of the members of the running group have themselves received support from 4Louis and it is a cause close to their hearts:

Helen said: I only joined Elvet striders a few weeks ago and have already met some amazing people, I originally started running in 2012 after losing my first child during labour - my baby lived for 9 hours then we had to say goodbye, it's the worst thing any parent could ever experience and we were introduced to 4louis, an amazing charity supporting bereaved parents and providing hospitals with memory boxes free of charge - running was my escape.

In 2013 we lost our second son following a stillbirth. This was devastating but, again - 4louis were there! I decided that I wanted a challenge to raise money in memory of my boys and running was going to be how I could channel my efforts. Having signed up for the GNR this year (with my husband who also turned to running after our losses), I decided to join the striders to help with training and to improve my running. When I heard the anniversary relay was supporting 4louis I was always going to be there, it was an amazing event, well organised and with some amazing people!!

Paula - My husband Stuart & I found out the heartbreaking news that our daughter's heart had stopped beating when I was 36 weeks pregnant. Our beautiful daughter Poppy was born sleeping at UHND on 12th Dec 2013. The staff at UHND, especially the midwife that delivered Poppy, were amazing and made such a sad situation, more bearable. A 4Louis memory box that appeared in our room was also a huge help. It helped us to be able to make memories with Poppy and for that I am eternally grateful. In these situations you only have a short time with your child & this time is precious. The clay casts we have of Poppy's hands & feet are now our most treasured possessions. Since losing Poppy we have gone on to raise over £17,000 for 4Louis and have proudly become patrons of the charity.

As a keen member of Elvet Striders I was so proud when they chose 4Louis as one of the charities they were fundraising for as part of their 30th Anniversary 300 Mile Relay. It was emotional to witness the sea of purple Striders t shirts as they ran up the hill to Durham Cathedral where the finish line stood on Palace Green.

We are very grateful to the 4Louis charity who provide memory boxes for bereaved parents who have suffered a pregnancy or neonatal loss in both of the Trust's maternity units. These boxes are invaluable in providing families with memories of their babies in the very short time that they get to spend with them. .

If you would like to make a donation please visit:   www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ElvetStriders30th

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital