My daughter Poppy was born in May with a cleft palate and Pierre Robin Sequence, a congenital condition which affects the face and jaw. Babies born with this condition often have breathing and feeding difficulties, requiring surgery and lengthy medical care.
Poppy’s medical problems have been extremely difficult for us as a family, but we have had some amazing support from two amazing charities. The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) and Born Too Soon, which supports families with premature babies.
These two great charities heavily rely on donations to keep going and to thank them for all their support and continued help I want to raise money and give something back to them.
I’ve already completed a few events including Race the Train, Survival of the Fittest obstacle course, Hell Runner and the GRIM challenge. The donations have all helped to get closer to my £4,000 target and I’ve still got plenty of challenges to complete including the London to Brighton bike ride and the Virgin London Marathon, as well as the not so small matter of a 117 mile coastal walk from Exmouth to Poole.
All of the events I’ve already undertaken have been challenging to say the least. I’ve swam through freezing rivers, ran through bogs, crawled through ice and under barbed wire, fallen down hills and even been ridiculed by a three year old girl who said to her mum ‘Mummy that man is really slow!’ Not really the confidence boost you need when you’re virtually last in a triathlon!
At times I thought to myself I must be mad, which I probably am, but knowing I am raising money for these amazing charities keeps me going.
Training has been hard, and I’ve been at the gym at 6:30 in the morning before work and running three times a week in the evening with a long run on Sunday morning to prepare for the various challenges still to do.
The Virgin London Marathon on 22 April is my next challenge. To sponsor me go http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/WistysWinners