Edinburgh dad takes on epic 215km challenge in memory of his baby boy

Local Edinburgh dad, Ian Greenhill, has set himself a huge fundraising challenge, running 21.5km every day for 10 days to remember his precious son, Reuben, who was born last year at 21 weeks and 5 days. The funds raised will support our work.

Ian, who has already raised an incredible £8,000, is nearing the end of his challenge and said;

“I’m really enjoying the challenge the running is obviously long but all the money raised so far and the fact that I’m doing it for Reuben and for all the families who have suffered from baby loss helps to spur me on. Also I’m excited to have a pint at the end of it all.”

He said of his experience of baby loss;

“Last year my wife & I lost our son Reuben. This was an extremely confusing and upsetting time for us and I was confronted with feelings I had never experienced before. We got help from a charity called Held in Our Hearts (formerly SANDS Lothian) and their empathy and compassion helped us through this period.

When you lose a child in the way we did, it is often hard for people to understand or comprehend. The charity gave us counselling from people who had been through similar experiences and helped integrate us into support groups who showed that we weren’t alone. After this, we weren’t ashamed to say our son’s name anymore and we were/are proud of Reuben and the profound effect he has had on our life.”