National award presented to courageous dad

A Leighton mum who nominated her husband for a national award was overcome with emotion when she heard he’d won the Asda Courage Award in the annual Tommy awards.

Rachael Low, 30, of Dudley Street said: “It meant so much to me that others had recognised the support that James gave me during our struggle to have a baby.

“There were a couple of tears when he collected his trophy. It’s a moment I will always treasure.”

James, 30, beat off strong competition to lift the accolade. He was presented with a plaque by broadcaster Sarah Cawood and Asda representative Lauren Venters at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel.

Rachael put his name forward because she said she didn’t know how she would have coped without his love and support following three miscarriages.

James said: “I knew I had to be positive because otherwise I wouldn’t be helping Rachael.

“I wanted to reassure her that we had other options, that whatever happened, it didn’t mean we wouldn’t be able to have children.

“Our experience was unique to us, but I know now that it’s not unique to many couples trying for a family.”

In September 2013, the Lows’ dream became a reality when Rachael gave birth to a much-longer for daughter, Amelie.

But her arrival was fraught with stress - she was born two weeks premature and spent a week in the neo-natal unit.

However Amelie has grown into a happy and adventurous little girl and her parents’ happiness is complete.

Tommy’s chief executive Jane Brewin said: “James and Rachael have been through many hardships and their support for each other is really moving.

“James has done his utmost to be there for Rachael through everything and we are delighted to award him an Asda Courage Award.”

>Tommy’s funds medical research into the prevention of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage. For more information visit www.tommy’s org