Family devastated by stillbirth take part in charity challenge

Laura and Adam Stanton.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Laura and Adam Stanton.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A family left devastated by stillbirth are taking part in a special fitness fund-raising challenge this weekend, in aid of a charity which supported them through the horrific ordeal.

Laura and Adam Stanton had their world turned upside down in November 2012 when they lost their son Alfie during the pregnancy. Tomorrow would have been his third birthday.

The Longhoughton-based couple received crucial help from Sands – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity – during their time of need; something which Laura, 30, admits was invaluable.

The pair have already helped raise around £7,500 for the charity and they will be joining part of a 12-hour continuous workout for the cause at Alnwick’s Real Fitness gym, on Elm Square, on Saturday.

Laura, Adam, 32, and their sons Daniel, seven, and Ollie, five, will be taking part. The couple also have one-year-old daughter Phoebe.

Laura said: “The charity is fantastic and if it hadn’t been there for us, the situation would have been twice as difficult to deal with.”

Reflecting on her tragic experience, she said: “I went into hospital because I hadn’t felt my baby move for a while. When they put the heart monitor on, there was nothing. I was 37 weeks pregnant. It was a massive shock. I felt really numb.

“I had my sons Daniel and Ollie and I was really worried about them, because the baby they had been expecting was no longer coming.

“It was a real roller-coaster of everything, I was feeling every emotion imaginable – anger, fear. I had to give birth to this baby and I didn’t know how I would feel. We got to spend some time with Alfie after he was born and it was the best thing we could have done.”

The family will be releasing a balloon tomorrow to honour Alfie’s birthday. Laura said: “We have bought a balloon each year for Alfie’s birthday and we have also done something like holding a cake sale, but this year, we wanted to do something different. I go to the Real Fitness gym and they have agreed to do this fund-raiser. We are so grateful.”

All of the gym’s members and their friends have been invited to take part at some stage of the workout, which will run continuously from 8am to 8pm. However, any member of the public is invited to drop in and take part. Entry is £5, in aid of Sands, and any sponsorship collected will also go the cause.

Or to make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/Alfie-
Adam-Stanton

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Visit www.uk-sands.org