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26th October 2019

99 miles for Sands United Cardiff’s Angels


Sands United Cardiff FC is a unique way for dads and other bereaved family members to come together through a shared love of sport and find a support network where they can feel at ease talking about their grief when they’re ready. In the space of a little over 6 months, it has proved to be an invaluable support network for bereaved fathers. I lost my son Jude, who was stillborn on 4th November 2014. Despite the pain I experience every day with Jude not being with me, the loss I have experienced has encouraged me to help others manage their pain and grief with this team.

In honour of all the bereaved fathers and uncles of SANDS United Cardiff FC, I will be running 3 miles for each of our squad’s babies during my lunch break in work. This will result in 99 miles which I intend to complete before Jude’s 5th birthday on the 4th November.

If I am unable to run on a day due to work commitments, annual leave, family emergencies etc. the run will be completed later in the day/week or result in the odd run for two babies (6 miles).

My main goal is to raise awareness for bereaved fathers and the impact this loss has on a man’s mental health. It is ok to not be ok, it is ok to cry and it is to ask for help. Please feel free to share this through any social media platforms. However, should you wish to make a small donation, please feel free to do so? Any funds raised will go towards the team in the arrangement of organising an end of year team trip/event (which will also include raising further awareness as well as fundraising for baby loss and support for fathers and other bereaved family members).

Thank you for your support.

Stephen Doran

Chairman – Sands United Cardiff FC

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cardiff-sands-football-baby-stillborn-16378083
https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2019-10-14/people-don-t-know-what-to-say-to-you-breaking-down-the-barriers-over-baby-loss/