Runners pull in the pounds for Kings Mill neonatal unit

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A kind-hearted group of runners put a collective foot forward to help raise cash for King’s Mill Hospital.

Mum-of-two Lyndsey Foster decided she was going to enter into the 10k-Heanor Christmas Pudding Run race to pull in the pounds for the neonatal unit, and rather than simply give her sponsor money, her appeal attracted more fundraisers to join her.

With Lyndsey studying to be a midwife, along with her son Leo spending four days in the unit when he was first born, and a desire to get herself fit, 26-year-old Lyndsey thought it was a perfect chance to help.

Originally from Sutton, but now living in Tibshelf, she said: “Thinking of the time my little boy spent in Kings Mill neonatal unit and how amazing the nurses were and the care we received as a family made me want to do it, so I decided I would run!

“I’m a usual mum-of-two who is always on a diet and loves chocolate and hates exercise!

“I set up a Facebook page and a Just Giving page and started to ask people to donate and sponsor me, a very close friend of mine Jodie Binch, who is also a mum of two from Huthwaite, said she would do it with me, so we set on the challenge to organise this.

“One by one people asked to join us on the run, which wasn’t what we had in mind but never the less said ‘yes’.

“It was real challenge for all of us, just to complete it was a massive achievement. Trying to juggle family life when you’ve got two kids, every chance I got I chucked on my trainers and went out but sometimes that was just once a week!”

More than £800 was handed over to the neonatal unit at the weekend, and Lyndsey has set her sights on a fundraiser for next year.

She added: “It wont be another run, we need to find something that will be a challenge and that none of us would normally do!”