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Mum strides out in memory of tragic Charlie
6:20am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A MOTHER moved by Kidderminster toddler Charlie Harris-Beard’s leukaemia battle will be lacing up her running shoes to brave her first half-marathon in his memory.
Jennifer Hemming will be taking her marks in The Great Birmingham Run in aid of charity Cords4Life UK, set up by two-year-old Charlie’s parents Joe Beard and Fiona Harris to raise awareness of umbilical cord donations.
A successful bone marrow transplant using an umbilical cord from an American baby saved Charlie’s life in 2011 before he died earlier this year.
Although she never got to meet Charlie, Mrs Hemming hopes to reach the finish line in a bid to raise £250 for the cause that has touched her heart.
The Kidderminster mother of two followed the tot’s plight on facebook page Help Save Baby Charlie Harris- Beard, which highlighted his battle.
Mrs Hemming, of Spennells, said: “I just saw the story on facebook and it just hit me as a mum.
“I really wanted to do something for the family and that’s why I entered the race.
“My youngest was 10 months old when I first started reading about Charlie last year and that was the age he was diagnosed and I followed the story like everybody did in Kidderminster.
“When he passed away I felt helpless so when the Birmingham Half Marathon came up I thought I would go for it.”
The half-marathon on Sunday will be Mrs Hemming’s first race and despite a back injury she is determined to complete the 13.1 miles.
“I’m very nervous, “ she added. “Through hard work, determination and lots and lots of training in just a few months, I have gone from never running to having just completed 12 miles.
“It has been tough – at times impossible – but baby Charlie has been my inspiration and for him I will nail it.”
People can sponsor Mrs Hemming online at my-donate.bt.com/ fund-raiser/jennifer hemming1
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