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Dad’s run for baby Lila Grace

Dad Adam Chipperfield is set to raise hundreds of pounds for stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS in memory of his baby daughter.

From Press releases - 4 July 2014 12:00 AM

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Dad Adam Chipperfield is set to raise hundreds of pounds for stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS in memory of his baby daughter.

Adam, who works at electricity firm UK Power Networks’ office in Ipswich, will take part in a 10km run in London on July 13 to raise money for the charity which has supported him and his family following the death of Lila Grace on January 2.

The 26-year-old connections advisor, who lives in Stowmarket with his partner Jess and four-year-old son Harley, said: “Jess was 36 weeks pregnant when we went into hospital on the Thursday morning only to be told the most devastating news imaginable - that baby Lila’s heartbeat could not be found.

“The next stage was even harder as we had to proceed with the labour in the knowledge that our beautiful baby girl would never wake up – and then we had to explain to our four-year-old son that the sister he was so looking forward to meeting wasn’t coming home.”

Since then, the family has been supported by the national stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS and now Adam wants to raise as much as he can to help other families who have faced similar heartbreak.

He said: “Originally I set out to raise £200 but I have received such an overwhelming response from friends and colleagues that I’ve already gone past that total. Anything I get now is beyond my expectations – it is such a great charity which people clearly want to support.

“I haven’t run since 2004 so I thought this would provide me with a challenge and something I could really get behind.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East, will add another £100 to Adam’s total as part of its match funding scheme.

This year, the company is supporting staff and the charities that are important to them by match funding the money they raise up to a value of £100. It has set aside £50,000 for the match funding scheme.

Anyone wishing to help Adam raise as much money as he can for SANDS can donate via the website: www.justgiving.com/adam-and-lila