On Sunday 21st May, twelve runners from Farleys took part in the annual Great Manchester 10K Run. As well as using the event as an opportunity to challenge their personal best times, the runners also fundraised for Sands, the neonatal and baby death charity.

In the UK, 13 families a day experience the loss of their baby before, during, or shortly after birth, equating to around 4,500 babies a year.

Sands supports grieving families and campaigns to reduce the number of neonatal and baby deaths in the UK. This is a cause close to the hearts of many of our team personally, as well as professionally, within our inquest team’s work.

With this in mind, Team Farleys set about raising funds for the charity before setting off for their 10K run. As it stands, the team have raised over £900 and Farleys has committed to match funding the total raised.

The day of the run was a warm day, making for excellent spectator conditions, but not so ideal running conditions! Tens of thousands of runners took part alongside Team Farleys, creating a great atmosphere on the track and from supporters. The 10k race started in Manchester City Centre before heading out of town towards Old Trafford and circling back before finishing on Deansgate.

Our fastest runner recorded a sub-50-minute time, not quite beating fellow 10k runner Sir Mo Farah, but a great effort nonetheless!

Kelly Darlington, partner and head of the inquests team at Farleys commented,

On behalf of the team at Farleys we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and encouragement on the day in what was a very hot and tough 10k! We are delighted to have raised such a great sum for Sands and to be able to help support the amazing work they do.

Our JustGiving page will remain open for a short while for any last minute donations, which can be made here, before being closed to allow for the funds to be matched.

For more information about the great work the Sands charity does, please visit their website.