Rugby mum faces her fears to help people going through loss of a baby

Cheryl with her family.
Cheryl with her family.

A Rugby mum faced her fears to raise funds and awareness for a charity which helps people affected by the death of a baby.

Cheryl Minter was devasted when her son Adam was stillborn in 1998.

She recently took part in the Leicestershire Wolf Run and raised money for Coventry Sands to help others going through the same heartache.

Cheryl, who has five children and a stepdaughter, said: “After you pass 12 weeks of pregnancy you don’t ever imagine anything going wrong.

“I remember thinking ‘why me?’”

Cheryl raised £200 by taking part in the hardcore 10k run and obstacle course.

“I don’t like heights and I always used to get picked on for running at school,” she said.

“My biggest fear was the water, but thoughts of Adam kept me going to the end.”

Julie Furey, of Coventry Sands, said June is Sands Awareness month.

“For each one of the charity’s supporters, it’s no secret that in 2013 over 5,700 babies were stillborn or died soon after birth in the UK, yet baby death is still a taboo subject and awareness of the issues surrounding it is not widespread,” she said.

“Sands Awareness Month is a chance for anyone wishing do their bit, no matter how small, to make people listen; to highlight the fact that hundreds more babies will die during the month of June and to raise vital funds so that Sands can continue to support bereaved parents, improve the care they receive from health professionals and fund research to save babies’ lives.”

Julie said the support group truly understands how devastating the death of a baby is.

She added: “They offer support to those who have experienced the death of a baby at any time during pregnancy or at full term, as well as parents that have had to make the heartbreaking decision to terminate a pregnancy for medical reasons, and those whose baby died soon after birth.”

Coventry and District Sands meet the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm, Walsgrave Baptist Church, Hinckley Road, Coventry, CV2 2EX.

If you would like any further information or to contact a telephone befriender, call or text your name and telephone details to the confidential answerphone line 07896 500237.