Lisa Potts, a solicitor from Richmond, is running the Great North Run on the 10th September to raise money for Tommy’s, in memory of a baby she lost at 12 weeks this year.
After finding the loss very difficult, Lisa and her partner, Matt Spencer, were shocked to discover that one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage.
“You go through the most painful experience, you are grieving for the baby that you lost, the future that you had planned, which is so suddenly taken from you, all in relative silence.”
Lisa has used running as a way to cope with the miscarriage, after it helped her to cope with extra work and responsibility when she took over a solicitor firm, Hunter & Garget, in 2015.
“It helped me greatly then, and has also done so again to deal with this, so I thought running the Great North Run would be a great way for me to honour the memory of our little one, and also encourage others to talk about this painful ordeal.”
After taking part in the Great North 10k on Sunday as part of their training, Lisa and her friend are continuing their preparation for the race.
As part of her fundraising, Hunter & Garget will be matching all the funds Lisa manages to raise, as well as organising events in the office, including card sales, bake sales and a charitable evening.
Lisa hopes that by running this event and raising money for Tommy’s, she can help to break the silence when it comes to dealing with miscarriage.
“I have found there is still a stigma around miscarriage and that it is something you shouldn’t really talk about, yet it affects so many women. I wanted to raise awareness and support for women and encourage people to talk about it without shame.”
If you or someone you know has experienced the heartache of loss, our midwives are trained in bereavement support and are here to help. You can access our free pregnancy line at 0800 014 7800 from Monday to Friday 9-5, or email [email protected].
You can find Lisa’s fundraising page here.
Read the original article at Richmondshire Today.