Mums race for lovely midwife

Race For Life runners. EMN-140606-103846001
Race For Life runners. EMN-140606-103846001

A group of mums from Skegness were inspired to take part in Race for Life in memory of the midwife who helped them through their pregnancies.

Heather Nicholls, Laura Pinder, Jade Kidd, Amelia Johnson, Jodi Ling, Emma Story, Stacey Reed and Frances Worthington raised £1,500 for Cancer Research UK joining thousands of women running, jogging or walking for the charity event at Burghley House near Stamford.

They were inspired by family members and friends who had lost their batttle or are bravely fighting the disease including Jan Wrisdale, a midwife, from Skegness, who died last year.

Six of the group had children within a year of each other and were cared for by Jan throughout their pregnancies.

Heather, mum to two-year-old Belle, said: “We were lucky enough to have this kind, lovely lady look after us who touched so many lives in the local community and we all wanted to do our part to raise money for this very worthy cause.

“We are all friends and six of us had children within a few months of each other. We knew each other before but it bought us closer, particularly as we are all about the 
same age.”

There were 3,000 partcipants completing the 10k and 5k Race for Life courses earlier this month, raising almost £200,000.

Heather, 33, who manages a family business in Skegness, set up a running group with her friends called the S’milers.After training together for several months they decided to enter Race for Life. Completing the course together, they were joined in the final straight by some of their children who were given medals with their mums.

Heather added: “It was a gorgeous day and we were overwhelmed by the support of the community and friends who have sponsored us beating our original target.”