UK Baby Loss and Sudden Infant Death Awareness Week 2018 – Virtual Run/Walk

Last year we ran our first set of virtual run/walks to tie in with baby loss and sudden infant death awareness week.

Over October we had a fantastic 110 runners take part in the event raising over £1000 for Kicks Count and Tommy’s

This year the donations will continue to go to Kicks Count who do vital work in empowering parents with the knowledge and confidence that they need throughout pregnancy. They do this through providing literature on fetal movement throughout pregnancy and myth-busting certain misinformation regarding baby movement throughout pregnancy. By doing this they aim to give mums the confidence and knowledge to trust their instincts if they feel something is wrong. I’ll also be sharing some of the donation with Tommy’s and Sands (The Stillbirth and neonatal death charity). In 2016 Tommy’s opened up the UK’s first national centre dedicated to miscarriage research and Sands is a UK charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by the death of a baby; improve the care bereaved parents receive from health care and other professionals; and reduce the number of babies who do die by funding research and working closely with other organisations to create a world where fewer babies die.

UK miscarriage statistics

  • It is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
  • Among women who know they are pregnant, it is estimated that 1 in 6 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
  • The majority of miscarriages happen in the first trimester – about 3 in every 4 miscarriages happen during this period.
  • Many miscarriages in the first trimester are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the baby but it is thought that a significant number have other underlying causes.
  • In women with a BMI over 30, the risk of miscarriage is 1 in 4.
  • 1 in every 80-90 pregnancies is ectopic, which is around 12,000 pregnancies a year.
  • About 1 in 100 women in the UK experience recurrent miscarriages (three or more in a row). More than 60% of these women go on to have a successful pregnancy.

How common is stillbirth in the UK? 

  • In 2016, 1 in every 225 births ended in a stillbirth in the UK.
  • For every 1,000 babies born in England and Wales, 4.4 are stillborn.
  • Around 9 babies were stillborn every day in 2016.
  • Of 696,271 births in 2016 in England and Wales, 3,112 resulted in stillbirth.
  • In 2016, Britain was 24th out of 49 high income countries.
  • Croatia, Poland and Czech Republic all have better stillbirth rates than UK.

So, with that in mind, I’d like you to join me in October as we aim to run/walk in aid of Baby Loss and Sudden Infant Death Awareness Week.

There are three options – a 10k run/walk or a 5k run/walk or a family (4 people max) fun run of 2.5k.

These can be done at your own leisure as a virtual run/walk between 9th and 15th October or you can get a group of people together and run/walk it as a group. I’m hoping again to get a mass participation group going locally in Carlisle during that week so if you’re local come and join us.

More details can be found at the Facebook group. Please share with anyone who you feel may be interested.

This year, with the aid of local groups DH Runners (, Carlisle Tri-Club ( and Wigton Road Runners ( who put on group runs for the event last year, we’ll also be looking at providing group events for the runs to help people complete their distances in a group setting.

The 5 and 10k are priced at £10 and both will include an engraved medal and the Family Fun Run is £35 and will include an engraved medal for all participants. Once the medal money has been taken out of the total the entirety of the proceeds will then be donated between Kicks Count, Sands and Tommy’s. Full transparency will be provided throughout of where the funds are going so everyone knows that the money is going where it should.

Run/Walks can take place anytime between 9th-15th October and group runs will be advertised in the Facebook group.

Payments will be closed at the start of September to enable me to order medals so you’ve got a couple of months to get involved.

Following the 15th October medals will be given (or posted out if needs be) to all participants.

To take part in the 5k please use this link:

(Now closed)

To take part in the 10k please use this link:

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To take part in the Family Fun Run please use this link:

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