Nick Halpern from Amersham was one of forty eight runners who took part in the 2016 London Marathon in aid of Saunderton based charity, Child Bereavement UK. Nick initially hoped to raise £2,500 but as of today, he has absolutely smashed this target raising £3,348.33
Child Bereavement UK supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child faces bereavement. It also trains professionals to help them better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
Nick told us his reasons for running his third London Marathon.
“Our first child Noah was born on 25th June 2008. Noah was born prematurely and passed away in our arms 19 days later. In memory of Noah and as a thank you to the wonderful charity which supported Rachael, Noah and I during the summer and beyond, I am running the London Marathon on April 24th.
I wouldn’t be doing it if it weren’t for Noah. I have my own legacy and my two other children will create theirs, but I’m creating a legacy for Noah because he can’t create his own.”
Nick and his wife, Rachael were supported by one of Child Bereavement UK’s bereavement support practitioners after being referred to the charity by their midwife.
How running helps
In learning to deal with his grief, Nick found running to be very therapeutic. He told us:
“Running is perfect; it makes me happy. It’s good for me mentally and helps me cope with my work/life balance. The bad stuff doesn’t go away and for me, time doesn’t heal, but running helps to put the pressures of the world and the day to day stuff to one side. If I come home from work in a bad mood, my wife will throw my trainers at me and tell me to go for a run. I find it calms and relaxes me.
By completing the marathon I’m also giving something back which will help benefit other families in a similar situation. Raising money allows me to create something positive after losing Noah.”
Despite a few of injuries, Nick managed to complete the marathon and the donations continued to roll into his page, smashing his original fundraising target. Nick also told us that friends and family were supporting him on the day by cheering him on during the race, saying “It makes such a difference. It’s so busy that it really helps seeing people you know and it gives you something to look forward to.”
When asked if he thinks he will run more marathons in the future and if he has any further fundraising plans, Nick said:
“I’ll probably keep on running for as long as my legs will let me, but I’m terrified of heights so one day I will jump out of a plane to raise money for charity. I’m doing things I probably wouldn’t have done if it weren’t for Noah; his memory inspires me.”