Saundersfoot mum in marathon challenge for charity

By Observer Reporter in Local People

A Saundersfoot mum is taking on one of the biggest challenges in her life.

Twenty-eight-year-old recruitment consultant Leah Uka (pictured) is running The London Marathon in April in memory of her two baby brothers, Aaron and Taylor, who sadly passed away from SIDS (otherwise known as cot death syndrome).

This will be Leah’s first marathon and she is now busy training hard for the 26.2 mile run, as well as raising funds for The Lullaby Trust as a thank you for the support she and husband Adam have received following the birth of their son 19 months ago.

“As you can imagine, the impact the deaths of my two baby brothers had on my family has been hugely devastating. I really don’t want anyone else to have to go through this, and if I can do anything to help I will - hence why I am asking you all to dig deep and contribute anything you can to help this truly amazing charity,” said Leah.

“The Lullaby Trust was extremely supporting to myself and Adam when we had our little boy Jaxon last year. They were able to place us onto the CONI programme and provide us with all the support and advice we needed to ensure the same doesn’t happen to him.”

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death. Working with the NHS, they run a national health-visitor led service for bereaved parents, Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, which supports families before and after the birth of their new baby.

“I have a big target of £1,850 to raise for the trust,” continued Leah.

“Anyone that knows me will know how hard this challenge will be for me as I am not a runner, in fact, the furthest I have run is to the pub for a glass of wine!

“I am running four times per week now and am training hard to bring my endurance up to standard. It’s been tough going for a nonrunner, but will be worth it!” added Leah, who recently held a cake sale at work to add to the fundraising. She’s also hoping to arrange a fundraising evening, too, but details are yet to be confirmed.

Sponsorship can be pledged via her fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeahUka

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