Katherine gets ready for 10K challenge in aid of Lincoln SANDS

Lincoln mum Katherine Cotton is ready to run this year’s Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K to raise funds for a charity that helped her family during one of the most difficult periods of their lives.

Lincoln mum Katherine Cotton is ready to run 2018's Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K on Sunday 1st July to raise funds for Lincoln SANDs who helped her family during one of the most difficult periods of their lives.

She is pulling on her trainers in aid of Lincoln SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity that provided invaluable support to her and her husband, Mark, following the loss in December 2015 of their daughter, Ashleigh, who was born prematurely at 28 weeks and was just three-days-old when she died.

Now the couple, whose son, Lucas, 5, was also born prematurely at 32 weeks, are determined to help the charity that helped them.

Ashleigh was cared for at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and Katherine said: “We were at Queens when we found out that Ashleigh wasn’t going to survive. We were given a memory pack and it contained some SANDS leaflets which had information about bereavement care and other helpful advice.

“The Lincoln SANDS group meets once a month and it’s an opportunity to get together with other people who have lost a child.

“Going to SANDS was the best thing I ever did. It was somewhere to go to share your emotions – good and bad – rather than bottle it all up. If you don’t want to go to the group there are bereavement counsellors who will come to you.

“Funds are needed to provide these services so that’s why I am running.”

Katherine, who did cross country at school, is looking forward to the run on Sunday 1st July’s run and will be doing it with her husband, Mark, and dad, John, who has recently celebrated his 70th birthday.

She said: “Dad has run marathons and has always done the Lincoln 10K. I’m sure he will outrun me.”

To support Katherine go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katherine-cotton2.

Runners taking part in the City of Lincoln 10K are expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes.

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