A MUM whose baby girl was stillborn is raising money to help bereaved families cope with the financial burden of losing a child.
Jane and Tim Potter, of Lindley, lost their baby Rebecca in 2004.
Now, Jane will be pounding the streets in a series of charity runs – running the equivalent distance from Huddersfield to Rome to raise cash for charity.
Jane said: “We lost Rebecca at 22 weeks and it was a devastating time”.
The couple, who have three other children, later crossed paths with Rachael and Neil Salmon, who lost their three-year-old boy Joseph in 2005.
Jane added: “We have become really good friends with Rachael and Neil.
“Our children go to the same school and although Rebecca died before the Salmon’s charity was set up I want to give something to support them in their efforts to help others deal with the financial burden of losing a child.”
Jane, who is an Occupational Therapist for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, added: “I have been running for a few years.
“I just thought it wasn’t enough to do one race so I looked at how many miles I usually run and what I could achieve in a year if I upped my training.
“We looked on maps and Rome was a target and I thought it sounded fun.
“I will be doing a series of training runs then an event more or less every month which will count towards my total.
“I will be running four to five times a week and my total is around 1,300 miles”.
And Jane will be supported in her efforts by husband Tim.
She said: “Tim isn’t a runner but he is massively supportive.
“I have no idea how much I will raise.”
Jane’s first race will be the Meltham 10k on January 29. She has also signed up for several other races including the Leeds Half Marathon, London 10k and The Great North Run.
Trust Chairman Neil Salmon told the Examiner: “Jane is a close friend and she has a personal reason for raising funds after she lost her daughter Rebecca and she is doing this in memory of her.”
He added: “It’s a very difficult time for charities.
“Now more than ever we need people to raise money for the trust.”
For more information about The Joseph Salmon Trust www.thejosephsalmontrust.org.uk or to sponsor Jane go to www.justgiving.com/jane-potter1