Dave Skelcher and Dan Gissane

Staffordshire | 8 May 2012

Two controllers from West Midlands Ambulance Service will soon be taking on the Great Midlands Fun Run to raise money for SANDS.

Dave Skelcher (25) and Dan Gissane (27), who work in the emergency operations centre at Tollgate in Staffordshire, will be taking part in the 8.5 mile run in memory of Dave’s daughter Imogen, who sadly passed away a couple of days after birth. The duo will also be raising money for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, SANDS.

Figures from the national charity suggests that seventeen babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day in the UK. The charities main aims are to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to work in partnership with health professionals to improve support services and to promote research in a bid to help reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

Taking about the run Dave said: “Neither of us are really athletic types, so the eight and a half mile run will be a tough challenge for us. The SANDS Charity is very close to my heart after sadly losing my daughter Imogen in March 2011. We hope to raise as many funds as possible to help the charity to continue to support those families who find themselves in similar situations.”

Dave and Dan, who are both from Warwickshire, will be taking part in the event in Sutton Coldfield on Sunday 10th June along with two other friends.

Anyone who wishes to help support the team in their fundraising efforts can do so by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DaveSkelcher or http://www.justgiving.com/dangissane.

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