Local Couple Run In Memory Of Their Son

Local couple, Andy and Laura Heward, have put together a team of 27 to take part in the Chestnut Tree House Littlehampton 10k & 5k in memory of their son Rudy. 

When Rudy was stillborn at 39 weeks Andy and Laura were supported by Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire. They were able to spend some special time with Rudy and say goodbye in their own way.

Andy lives locally to the hospice and has always been aware of the support that the charity offers. “I remember the first time that I visited Chestnut Tree House, it’s not what I expected at all,” says Andy. “It’s such a lovely atmosphere and they provide so much support”.

The 16th Littlehampton 10k is only 2 weeks away, and this year it is bigger and better than ever before. To encourage both experienced and first-time runners to get involved, the event is returning on Sunday 8 September on Littlehampton Beach Promenade as the Littlehampton 10k & 5k with a new 5k route.

Both routes start at the event village on Banjo Road, Littlehampton Promenade, where the Mayor of Littlehampton, Tracey Baker, will see the runners off. All participants, from keen runners pushing for a personal best to people taking part in fancy dress, will follow the same route. At the East Beach Café the runners will split, with those taking part in the 10k passing through residential Littlehampton, Rustington and Mewsbrook Park.

“We are taking part in the Littlehampton 10k to say thank you,” says Andy. “Chestnut Tree House helped me, and my family, in a difficult time. It costs a lot for them to provide the care and support that they do, so we’re completing this run and fundraising for Chestnut Tree House in Rudy’s memory.”

Chestnut Tree House cares for around 300 children with life-shortening conditions in Sussex and South East Hampshire. The charity receives less than 6% of its annual £4 million care costs from central government funding so relies heavily on the generosity and support of the community to continue providing vital care to local children and families. Last year, a record-breaking 1,461 people took part in the Littlehampton 10k, raising around £60,000.

Andrew Battley, Challenge Events Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House says: “We are so excited and overwhelmed at the incredible interest in the 2019 Littlehampton 10k & 5k. We’re excited to see our regular supporters, but equally, meet many first-time runners who are taking on the challenge for us.

“Without our supporters and volunteers, who go above and beyond to fundraise for us, we wouldn’t be able to continue offering vital care to local life-limited children and their families. On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House I would like to say a huge thank you, and good luck!”

With a variety of participants already signed up, from individuals and groups of friends to corporate groups and running clubs, there are limited spaces available. So, be sure to sign up before online entries close on Wednesday 4 September to secure your space. 

If you want to be involved in the Littlehampton 10k & 5k but aren’t running, then Chestnut Tree House are looking for volunteers to help the event run smoothly. They are looking for route marshals, car park wardens, medal hand-out roles and many more. If you are interested in volunteering at the event please contact Andrew or Emma on 01903 706355 or email events@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk.

Make this year a year for crossing the finish line. For yourself. For local families. For living. For the Now.

Registration costs £18 per person for the 10k (minimum age 16 years) and £12 for the 5k (minimum age 14 years). Online registration closes on Wednesday 4 September at 10pm. Find out more at www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/10k