Together for Short Lives
Find out why Kev is taking on the 2023 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 23 April.
“I'm running the TCS London Marathon for Together for Short Lives in memory of my beautiful one-year-old son, Ted. This is the first time I’ll be running for this charity, and it won’t be the last. I previously ran the London Marathon in 2019 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“My son Ted was diagnosed with a very rare incurable heart condition when he was seven months old. Shortly after Ted’s first Birthday, it became clear that he was getting worse. We made the decision to take Ted home from Birmingham Children's Hospital Intensive Care Unit and care for him at home. We were lucky enough to be able to access 24/7 end-of-life care at home – otherwise, we would have had no choice but to stay in hospital.
“Being at home meant everything to us. We made precious memories that you just can’t make in a hospital room. That’s what Together for Short Lives is all about – making every moment count with our darling Ted, whom we love so much.
“I’m really enjoying my training so far and am following the TCS London Marathon improver’s training plan, which has been really helpful.
“I’m currently only £106 off my fundraising target. We had a great quiz night at one of our local pubs at the weekend which raised £550 and the school where Ted would have gone is holding a cake sale and an own-clothes day for us. The help with our fundraising has been fantastic. I can’t wait for Event Day.”