College team’s Great Manchester Run for baby Ewan

Nelson and Colne College staff are taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Sands. (S)
Nelson and Colne College staff are taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Sands. (S)
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A loving mum whose baby boy was stillborn is repaying the charity which supported her through such a difficult time.

Rachel Cox, who is Student Services Manager at Nelson and Colne College, is teaming up with her college colleagues to raise awareness and money for the charity Sands.

She will be joined by 15 members of staff at the Great Manchester Run on Sunday in a bid to drive up funds for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

Rachel and her husband Adam were left devastated in January 2011, when their baby Ewan Mark Cox was stillborn after seven months of pregnancy.

Rachel (38), who is also mum to Dylan (4), and Jude (15 months), said: “Losing Ewan was a complete shock to the family, and it was the support of Sands that helped us through our grieving process.

“Because of the charity’s work, we were able to use the serenity suite at Burnley General Hospital, and spend quality time with our baby.

“The generosity of staff at Nelson and Colne College has been overwhelming, and I am thrilled they have chosen to raise money for Sands at this year’s Great Manchester Run.

“We are hoping to reach our target of £500, so the charity can continue with its research and ultimately prevent other families from suffering in the future.”

Since 2011, Rachel and Adam have hosted three quiz nights and actively promoted the work of Sands – raising more than £8,000.

Judith Abela, Acting Chief Executive of Sands, said: “The efforts and dedication of our fund-raisers never fail to amaze us here at Sands.

“We depend almost entirely on the generosity of our supporters to help bereaved parents and their families, work with health professionals to improve bereavement care and fund research to save babies’ lives. We cannot thank Rachel Cox and her colleagues at the college enough for taking on this amazing challenge, for Sands and in memory of baby Ewan Mark Cox. We wish them all the very best on the day.”

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To read Rachel’s blog visit http://anangelandtwo