Neonatal Mum Emma takes on 100-mile running challenge

Neve Kelly, daughter of Emma Kelly (email permissions given for web story and social)Neve and Emma Kelly at Sunderland 10K May 2018 - permission given for web story and social

Our supporter Emma Kelly is taking on the demanding challenge of running 100 miles throughout 2018, all within a seven-month time frame. In order to complete this challenge, Emma will be taking part in races and events across the region, including the iconic Great North Run in September.

Emma has decided to undertake this challenge and raise funds for Tiny Lives in respect of care received by her daughter Neve, who spent time on the Unit in November 2016. Neve was born at just over 29 weeks, weighing a tiny 2lbs 14oz. She is aiming to complete her runs and hit the the 100-mile mark on the weekend of Neve’s 2nd birthday.

Having successfully completed the Sunderland 10K, Emma now has her sights set on the following races:

  • May: The Sunderland Pier to Pier (approx. 7 miles)
  • June: The Lambton 10km Run (6.2 miles); The Angel View Run (5.5 miles)
  • July: The Bottoms Up Cup (approx. 3 miles); The Hexham Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • August: The South Shields 10-mile race
  • September: The Great North Run (13.1 miles); The Great Scottish Run (13.1 miles)
  • November: The Northumberland Big 10-miler

There are more races and events still to be confirmed, so make sure to keep an eye on Emma’s fundraising page for updates. And of course, you can also donate to Emma via her page too.

Emma said: “The care that Neve received was brilliant and we were looked after too. From showing us how to care for her, making those precious early cuddles possible, breastfeeding support, giving us books to read about what to expect over the coming months and years and even just to chat and answer questions. I’m hoping to raise money for Tiny Lives to support the amazing work and research that they do, and to help them continue to support other premature or poorly babies and their families.”