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Andrew Baker of Mold will run three races to raise money for Sands in memory of his daughter, who was stillborn

A PROFESSOR will run 32 miles in memory of his baby.

Andrew Baker’s daughter Ffion was stillborn in February and since then he has been on a mission to increase awareness of stillbirth and to raise funds for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

This Sunday Andrew, 40, of Mold, will run six miles in the Bupa Great Manchester Run,Š13 miles in the Great North Run in September and 13 miles in the Cardiff Half-marathon in October.

“Ffion was stillborn at 26 weeks and we were completely devastated,” said Andrew.

“I can’t imagine anything worse then this happening in my life, I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

“I just want to do something positive now and try to raise some awareness and funds to buy a new cold cot for the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, where Ffion was born.

“It will give bereaved parents like us more time to create memories with their precious babies.”

Andrew, a law professor at Liverpool John Moores University, has been training for a number of months, but says it has been 15 years since he did any proper running.

“I’m fairly confident the races will be ok,” he said.

“The support I’ve had from family and friends has been amazing, we initially wanted to raise £250 but we have far exceeded that and have so far raised £630. Their support has been overwhelming, nothing short of amazing.

“If I get through these races, my next goal will be the London Marathon next year.

“There’s no rhyme or reason why 17 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK, so I want to help and do something positive.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-baker3.

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