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JCB Mud Run effort is set to remember little Lewis

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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THE parents of ‘beautiful baby boy with big blue eyes’ are set to be joined by a town fitness group to tackle a muddy assault course on the day after what would have been his fifth birthday.

Louise and James Brown, both 35, of Stanley Crescent, Uttoxeter, will delve deep into the dirt as they take on the JCB Mud Run on July 5 for the Lullaby Trust, which was formerly known as the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

They will be joined by four to five teams from BFITT in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Lewis was only eight weeks old when he tragically passed away in August 2009 and his parents were never given a cause of death, being told it was thought to be sudden infant death.

Mrs Brown said: “Lewis was our first born and was a beautiful baby with big blue eyes and a lovely smile. He was very much wanted.

“There is not a day that goes by when we don’t think of him but at these times of year it is always harder so we wanted something positive to focus on. Me and James both decided to do the Mud Run with friends as it would have been Lewis’ fifth birthday so we wanted to raise money in his memory.

“This will be our last fund-raiser for a while as everyone has been so generous in the past but we don’t want to keep asking for money.”

In the past the couple, who have sons Spencer and Ethan, has raised £3,000 through two Miles in Memory walks and family friend Paul Richardson has raised £4,000 through the London Marathon and a Christmas Day run for the charity.

The Lullaby Trust has supported the couple since the loss of Lewis by providing support and through its Caring of Next Infant scheme.

Mrs Brown said: “I fell pregnant with Spencer really quickly and I was a bag of nerves. The Lullaby Trust helped to give me peace of mind and extra support from health workers.”

Kyle Gallagher, who runs BFITT, said: “Louise has been a big part of BFITT for several years now and I have seen some big changes in her.

“She is my biggest loser so far and is an inspiration to the members. This year we decided to do a team challenge and so many of the members will be running alongside Louise and her husband. We will be training as a team in the run up to the Mud Run at the boot camps at Uttoxeter Racecourse to get into peak fitness to do Lewis’ memory proud.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Louise and James are asked to visit www.justgiving.com/louise-brown22

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