Baby Loss Awareness Week: Bishop's Stortford firefighters invite residents to join them on daily 5k runs to raise awareness of charity SANDS
The town's firefighters are blazing a trail for a charity which raises awareness of baby loss by inviting people to join them on a 5k run or walk every morning this week – Baby Loss Awareness Week.
The crews at Bishop's Stortford fire station in Patmore Close are embarking on a 3.1-mile route around the grounds of Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club, every day to support SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity), which also provides support to anyone affected by the death of a baby and aims to prevent more babies from dying.
And on Friday, besides the morning run, they are asking residents to come along for a special evening run around the town and back to the station. Those taking part are asked to wear something pink or blue in support of the charity and runners/walkers will be followed by fire engines.
Watch commander Dean Hunt posted details of the charity runs on Facebook with the plea to "help us to continue breaking the silence around baby loss".
Dean added: "Every day this week we will be running [or] walking 5k, leaving the front of the fire station (parking available at the rear) at 9.30am.
"On Friday (October 15) we will be completing a 5k run/walk from the fire station at 6pm around the town and back. This is a free event and everyone is welcome."
He added the charity was chosen because the issue "rang true" with a couple of firefighters at the station.