A mother who had two extremely premature babies is taking on a half marathon so others facing the same can get the help they need.
Jen Copperwheat, from Bedford, is doing the long-distance run in aid of Tommy’s, the baby charity, after she turned to it for support.
Jen’s first son, Jacob, was born too early to survive so when she fell pregnant for a second time, she and husband Dan found Tommy’s guidebook, Having A Premature Baby, an invaluable resource.
It explained what the couple could expect on the neonatal ward as they prepared for the birth of baby Noah, who was also born early but thanks to three months of hospital care made a full recovery.
Jen, a teacher, said: “After losing Jacob, we were incredibly anxious about Noah’s prospects but the Tommy’s guide helped to settle us and stem some of that fear.
“It explained the purpose of the machines Noah would be linked up to and at what stages he would start to put on weight.
“I’m running to make sure other parents in the future are able to use these guides when they need to.”
The 37-year-old is taking on the 13.1 mile Royal Parks half marathon on Sunday, October 12. To sponsor her, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JenCopperwheat