Bereaved Haverhill dad’s fund-raising efforts for baby loss charity Aching Arms

Adam Sharpe

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A bereaved father is preparing to put his best foot forward to raise funds for a charity that helped him and his wife following the loss of their twin boys.

Haverhill couple Adam and Jen Sharpe lost their sons Harry and Oliver in November 2014.

They received support from a number of charities, including Aching Arms which provides comfort bears to hospitals across the UK for midwives to give to newly bereaved families and sends bears directly to bereaved families on request.

On May 1 Adam plans to complete the Three Counties Walk in aid of the baby loss charity which currently provides bears to 36 hospitals nationwide and gave away more than 1,000 bears last year.

The walk covers parts of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk and should take about four and a half hours to complete.

Adam, 34, who will be doing the walk with a group of friends, has completed the 13-mile route before so knows what to expect, but said he will be going for longer walks in preparation for the event.

He said: “I’ve done this walk on numerous occasions and started using it as a way of raising money and awareness for charities close to our hearts since we lost Harry and Oliver.

“I plan to have an Aching Arms bear with me for the walk and have him poking out of my rucksack with a note around his neck saying that I’m raising money for Aching Arms.

“I’ll also have some leaflets to hand should other walkers want to know more about the charity.”

Adam and Jen have been dedicated supporters of Aching Arms for some time and, as well as fund-raising, Jen is also one of the charity’s hospital volunteers as she prepares and delivers comfort bears to Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.

Leanne Turner, Aching Arms charity co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted that Adam has chosen to raise funds for the charity by doing this walk.

“We are grateful for all the support Adam and Jen have shown us, which in turn helps us offer more support and comfort to bereaved families.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Adam can do so online at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/adams3countieswalk