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Grateful new mum to run half marathon for Demelza

11 May 2016

A Lewes writer is in training for her first half marathon, in aid of Demelza, motivated by the traumatic birth of her daughter.

Jen Rouse faced a parent’s worst nightmare when complications arose during her delivery – but thankfully everything turned out fine.

“Since my daughter Juniper's birth nearly a year ago I've thought a lot about what might have been,” said Jen. “Juniper got stuck at the last minute and wasn't breathing when she was born, but some amazing midwives and doctors helped give us the best possible outcome. The alternative doesn't really bear thinking about.”

In gratitude for her happy outcome, the new mum signed up for the New Forest Half Marathon on 11 September, and is raising funds for Demelza Community's hospice at home service for families across East Sussex.

“I've chosen to run for Demelza to support families and children who need all the love and comfort and fun and silliness and kindness we can offer,” she added.

Julie Brett, Demelza’s Community Fundraiser for East Sussex, said: “It’s wonderful that Jen has been motivated to help other less fortunate families, and juggle being a new mum with training for her first half marathon. Her hard work will help us support more people across the county who are coping with the pressures of caring for a seriously ill child.”

Having already smashed her £500 target, Jen is now aiming to raise £1,000. You can support Demelza by sponsoring Jen or taking part in your own challenge or event.