Charity fundraising story, 11/04/2017, by Tony Bulleid
Jacqui Bulleid was a passionate supporter of Tommy’s, ever since her elder brother’s life was cut short due to complications at birth.
Born at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, the hospital that Tommy’s was founded out of, Jacqui had always looked upon St Thomas’ as ‘her hospital’.
This early connection to Tommy’s and her experience of pregnancy complications through the loss of her brother had a profound effect on Jacqui.
Her husband Tony told us,
‘Jacqui loved babies, children and in fact everybody. We were so blessed to have two wonderful healthy children that she adored that she wanted to give back by supporting the fantastic work that Tommy's does for babies and their families.’
Jacqui had been planning to take on the London Marathon for Tommy’s this year with her best friend to celebrate her 60th birthday.
Sadly, Jacqui passed away due to Rapid Onset Lobar Pneumonia on 15th March 2016, before her milestone birthday and the opportunity to fulfil her ambition of running the London Marathon.
Rather than flowers at Jacqui’s funeral, Tony and family have chosen to support Tommy’s instead; they knew that’s what Jacqui would have wanted; a beautiful gesture that we couldn't be more grateful for.
‘Jacqui's life was all about giving, whether that was the love and support she gave to me, the love for her boys, Oliver and Adam or her personal training clients many of whom became special friends. Jacqui was an amazing person; we will never forget the smile that she gave so freely everywhere she went. She so appreciated life and especially babies. It was our love for Jacqui that became our inspiration and Tommy’s became our family cause.’
Jacqui’s son Adam decided to fulfil his mum’s dream and came out of ‘marathon retirement’ to run the London Marathon for Tommy’s.
When Tony initially promised to be with his son ‘every step of the way’ he didn’t meant literally, but as it happens he now will be, although a few steps behind so he tells us!
‘Tommy’s kindly gave me a place to run with my son in this year’s London Marathon. So with a tear in my eye for Jacqui and a big smile, because that is what she would have wanted, my son Adam and I will be running 26miles 385 yards. Father and son, it will be tough but we will be running proudly for Jacqui and for Tommy’s.’
How can I help?
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