Uncle’s 10k challenge in memory of little nephew

"I really enjoyed the 10K so I will definitely try and challenge myself again soon!" said James.  Credit: Andrew Sutton. QMLHoipWDc3QZHNhC73s
"I really enjoyed the 10K so I will definitely try and challenge myself again soon!" said James. Credit: Andrew Sutton. QMLHoipWDc3QZHNhC73s

A determined Linslade music teacher has completed a tough 10k running challenge in memory of his nephew.

James Finch, 27, entered the Milton Keynes Festival of Running competition on March 5 to raise money for Sands, the still birth and neonatal death charity,which supported his family when his nephew passed away, aged just 13 months. James’s nephew died in his sleep from natural causes on August 11 2016, and the support provided by Sands, including group meetings, inspired James to run for the charity, raising over £2,800 .

He said: “Sands helped my brother and sister-in-law in tremendously difficult times, and I felt that challenging myself with something I had never done before would be a good way to raise awareness.

“I prepared by training at least three or four times each week to improve my stamina and I wanted to do well, as so many people helped the fundraising. I hope that some money can be put towards research to understand why these tragedies occur.”

Sands helped provide a memory box for James’s nephew. James remembers: “He was the most happy, content little boy. He would light up a room as soon as he entered and was constantly smiling.

“To those in a similar situation, do not lock yourself away.Sands are always ready to talk, day or night. The group meetings have been amazing.”

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Inmemoryofowen