The thought of a childhood friend going through the trauma of losing a child will provide all the necessary motivation for Stacey Hall to complete the Edinburgh Marathon later this month.
Stacey, of Cambridge Way, Haverhill, will end a two-year hiatus from marathon running when she sets out to complete the race on May 25.
Everything she raises will go to the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation UK in honour of her close friend Hannah Knibbs’ daughter Phoebe, who died aged 21 months in February 2013.
Phoebe, who lived with her mum and big sister Amelia in Kedington, died from Krabbe Disease, a rare condition that attacks the nervous system and affects about one in 100,000 babies born in the UK.
Stacey, 33, who is mum to Stanley, who is almost three and stepmum to eight-year-old Mason, chose to raise money for the charity once she knew she had a place confirmed in the Edinburgh race.
She said: “Once I signed up I went to Hannah and said do you mind If I do it for Save Babies and Hannah was all for it because she wants to keep her (Phoebe’s) memory alive.”
Stacey, who owns Creation Hair Studios on the Clements estate, added: “The fact that Hannah’s little girl was only six weeks older than my son is kind of hard hitting.”
Although she has run in two marathons previously - Edinburgh and London - it has been two years since Stacey last attempted to complete the distance, but the training has been going well.
“I haven’t run since the last marathon about two years ago because it was a bit of a shock to the system.
“I run a couple of times a week and have been training with some of the ladies who are doing the Moonwalk with the Nipplettes,” said Stacey.
“They are keeping me motivated but I will definitely complete it, even if I have to crawl to the finish line.”
A Facebook page called Team PP x (PP was the pet name given to Phoebe by her family) has also been set up to highlight the various fund-raising work done over the past year or so by friends of Hannah’s to raise money for Save Babies UK.
Stacey added: “If I only raise £50 it’s £50 that the charity doesn’t have.”
Pat Roberts, the executive director of Save Babies UK, said: “We are thrilled that Stacey is running in the Edinburgh Marathon for us in memory of Phoebe and also the other children in Scotland who have died of Krabbe Disease in recent years.
“We are currently raising money for a groundbreaking research study on Krabbe Disease at the University of Cambridge Medical School.
“We are grateful to Stacey for helping us to do this.”
Stacey has set up two ways for people to donate to her. Either go to justgiving.com/stacey-norris (her maiden name) or text 70070 and enter the code TMPP93 followed by the amount you want to give (eg £5, £10).