Tommy’s supporter Bradley Hewitt is lacing up his football boots to set a New Guinness World Record to raise money for Tommy’s and he needs your help!
In May 2017, a team of 35 footballers will be taking on the challenge of smashing the current record for the longest football game to raise money to save babies’ lives.
‘The current record for this was set earlier this year and they played football for 108 hours and 2 minutes, we are aiming to break this record in May 2017 by putting some more hours on that clock!’
Bradley is fundraising for Tommy’s because it is a cause very close to his heart.
‘In July 2013 my nephew was born sleeping. Despite being 2 days over his due date and perfectly healthy during my sister's pregnancy he passed away before being born, for reasons we don't know.’
As well as funding vital research into finding the answers so that other families do not have to suffer this heartbreak, Bradley wants to raise awareness and show that it’s ok to talk about stillbirth.
‘It’s not only something that you never expect to happen to you, but it’s something you don’t really expect to happen to anyone in this day and age. As a family we have found that it is only when it does happen to someone so close to you that everybody you talk too knows somebody who has been through the same thing.’
10 babies are stillborn every day in the UK, leaving parents with broken hearts and unanswered questions.
‘Britain is ranked 33rd out of 35 in the developed world for its stillbirth rates; this is twice those of the best performing countries. While this has been reduced in the last few years, we want to raise money for Tommy's Charity to help speed up the much needed research to stop this happening to anyone else.’
Bradley has already organised two football tournaments at the Emirates Stadium but this year they are stepping it up. The team are looking to really challenge themselves and they need you!
‘We still have spaces available for people who wish to raise money for Tommy’s charity, so please get in touch for an application form as we would love to hear from you.’
If you or someone you know wants to get involved then please get in touch with Bradley at [email protected].
If you want to read more about the event then you can take a look at their leaflet here.
Lewis writes about his journey and why he chooses to run for #TeamTommys.
There are times when it all feels like too much, but at those times I think of my daughter, who was such a fighter, and suddenly everything seems more manageable again.
"I truly feel without the support of the EPU and the peace of mind given to us through the Tommy's study we would not be where we are today."
Little Anderson was born under the care of the Tommy's Early Miscarriage Research Centre at London Imperial.
My miscarriage story started in February 2016- it was early, at about 6 weeks and I put it down to one of those things.