The need for miscarriage support nearly doubles during lockdown

The Miscarriage Association has reported that calls to its helpline are up by almost 40 percent since March

The charity, which was set up to support anyone who has suffered pregnancy loss, has launched a campaign called Miles That Matter to raise £25,000 in the next 100 days to fund its helpline.

It hopes to encourage people to get involved in the campaign and organise a fundraising event to support its cause.

The charity has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with fundraising events cancelled and donations down, which is having a devastating effect on its existence.

It needs the funds to continue to support those who have been affected by a miscarriage.

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Natalie Lowe, former Strictly Come Dancing professional and newly appointed ambassador for the Miscarriage Association, said she was honoured to be involved in the charity’s work.

“I suffered two miscarriages and I was beyond devastated,” Natalie said. “I didn’t know where to turn, but the Miscarriage Association was there to help me through.”

To run the charity’s helpline – the cornerstone of its services – costs £24,688 and the hope is that supporters will join the campaign and help raise the vital funds.

She said: “I want people to know they don’t have to go through pregnancy loss alone – the MA is there to listen and help. That’s why I am supporting the Miles That Matter challenge to raise £25,000 to help fund the MA’s helpline for the next 100 days.”

Natalie said she is going to be doing all she can to help support the campaign and is even planning to get her running shoes on to raise a few quid.

“I’m going to be pulling on my trainers,” she said. “And I’d love you to be part of the MA team too.”

Natalie, 40, married her film director husband, James Knibbs, in July 2018. The couple had their son, Jack, in December 2019.

There are many ways to get involved and fundraise towards the target; organise a walk, run, cycle, or swimming challenge, or you can make a donation to the overall team effort by clicking here.

Miles That Matter launched on July 7  and will conclude on October 15, to coincide with Baby Loss Awareness week.

Others ways to get involved could be:

Running 100 miles

Cycling 10 miles a week

Get friends or family involved and do three-legged laps of the garden

Dance a mile – that’s around 2000 steps – a day

Hold a virtual relay race with members of your running club

Walk backwards for a mile

Take the dog on a 10-mile hike

Or take the exercise bike for a static spin for 10 or even 100 miles

The charity has already raised more than £20,000, with just over a month to go until the deadline.

A charity spokeswoman said: “You could get people to sponsor you either by the mile or for your overall total. Every penny you can raise will help fund our helpline costs, enabling us to carry on helping people through the hardest of times.”

If you have been affected by miscarriage and need the charity’s support, visit www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

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