Star quality – marathon man joins local charity as ambassador

L-R: Mark Goldby, Richard Whitehead MBE, Madison Murden age 7 from Clifton who is running the mile challenge with her mum Debbie, Greg Simpson of Press For Attention PR, student midwife Ridda Ali, Rose Killingbeck.

A Nottingham charity and its fund-raising runners received a major boost this week, when double Paralympic 200m Gold Medalist Richard Whitehead MBE joined them to offer advice and inspiration ahead of their participation in the forthcoming Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon.

Richard has joined Forever Stars as an ambassador to help them in their mission to support families who’ve suffered a stillbirth or infant loss.

In 2013, Richard & Michelle were dealt one of life’s hardest blows when their beautiful daughter Emily was stillborn. They went on to found Forever Stars in Emily’s memory.

Together they now work tirelessly to raise the necessary funds to build facilities and to improve care for parents who also find their precious child has gone too soon.

Their major focus in 2019 is the funding and creation of a Remembrance Garden on Highfields Park to help bereaved parents of stillborn babies and early baby loss by creating a place of ‘focus, relaxation and reflection for families’.

Richard was on hand to share advice and a major dose of inspiration to a group of the charity’s runners who are taking part in the half marathon event, although Forever Stars now has over 20 runners who will be tackling various challenges across the weekend.

Richard said: “I am very proud to be part of this wonderful team in an ambassadorial role and to hopefully be able to play a small part in helping these runners to perform at their best but most importantly, to just enjoy what is an incredible day.

“It is a major challenge and one I’m sure the whole Forever Stars team will relish and I will be helping them with training plans, tips and tricks in the run up to the big day. Forever Stars is an incredible charity and I’m looking forward to helping them to raise their profile and funds for a very deserving cause.”

Jo Sharp, Operations Manager at Forever Stars said: “We are over the moon to have such an inspirational person as Richard joining the charity as an ambassador. The timing really couldn’t be better for our team of runners who are all working so hard to get to the start line and of course to raise funds for us.

“Richard has taken on so many challenges in his personal and sporting life and he has made all of the runners feel like anything is possible. We are very fortunate to have him as an ambassador and cannot wait to be able to share our own stories from the day with him.”