This April I will be walking 10 miles to support Ruben's Fund. Getting a 'spring' back into my step for April will be a nice challenge after having Riley, and doing a good deed at the same time, is a double positive!

Ruben's Fund was set up by Charlotte, a friend from school, who sadly lost her baby Ruben at just 3 and a half months old last year. As as a new mum myself, I cannot imagine the anguish, and pain suffered by her, and her family! Which is why I want to be part of their journey to meeting this huge target, and milestone!

Ruben was born with GACI (Generalized arterial calcification of infancy), which causes high blood pressure and a strain on the heart. This ultimately caused him to suffer with dilated cardiomyopathy which is an enlarged heart that is unable to pump the blood round the body effectively. He fought so hard to stay alive. However fate was not on his side and he passed away on the 12 January 2022.

His family has since established Ruben's Fund with the aim of raising £200,000, which since March 2022 they have raising £165,000. Which recently was awarded the London Pride of Britain Award. The research is to enable the team at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital to set up a dedicated research project, which will provide valuable knowledge into genetic cardiomyopathy, which effects 1 in 100,000 babies, to better treat and manage this condition.

As most paediatric cardiomyopathy remains genetically unexplained, there is an urgent need to better understand genetic susceptibility and underlying disease mechanisms. To help avoid situation’s that Ruben’s family found themselves in.

Anything you can contribute to help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Hannah Marchant