Midwife runs 10k to repay debt for family support

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Harrogate District Hospital midwife Andy Brown has raised £1,200 after taking part in his first 10k.

York Down Syndrome Support Group and Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity - for the Maternity Department - will benefit from Andy’s efforts in the Bristol 10k.

Andy’s six-year-old daughter Darcey was born with Down Syndrome, and the support that he has received from the group has been invaluable to the whole family. He decided it was time to give something backand added: “I wanted to say thank you for the support me and my family have received from York Down Syndrome Support Group, and also to raise valuable funds for both the Maternity Unit, where my colleagues do such an amazing job and the support group that has helped me so much over the past six years.

“I also ran to try and make my wife and daughter proud.”

Andy completed the run in an impressive time of 58 min and 47 seconds. He was delighted to come in under the hour mark and is already planning his next run.

Andy said: “I came in position 5,480, the atmosphere on the day was great, and the weather was sunny and hot. I’ve already signed up for the next York 10K.”

The Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, David Fisher, said: “It is wonderful when the staff from within Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust get involved with fundraising for the charity, it just goes to show how passionate they are, and the commitment they have for their patients.”

“Andy really has gone the extra mile to make sure local people who choose to have their baby delivered in Harrogate are able to do so in the best surroundings, and with the best possible equipment.”

You can sponsor Andy for his fantastic achievements at: https://www.justgiving.com/HDFTCMaternity and https://localgiving.org/fundraising/andybrow