Marathon mum becomes charity regional coordinator
Marathon running mum Marie Sampson has become a regional coordinator for the charity closest to her heart, Remember My Baby.
The self-employed photographer raised £2,047 for the charity when she pounded the streets of London earlier this year.
The mum of two first heard of Remember My Baby, which photographs babies born sleeping, after losing twins through a miscarriage at the beginning of last year.
Marie became a volunteer photographer for the West Midlands based charity, helping out at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital by providing remembrance photographs to parents suffering the loss of their baby before, during or shortly after birth.
The charity believes such pictures are part of the healing process and now, as regional coordinator, Marie will be spreading the word about its important work.
Marie, from Whaplode, told us: "This means I am directly responsible for supporting local volunteers and liaising with and building relationships with local hospitals to increase awareness of the charity and promote the service."
Providing photographs so parents can have lasting keepsakes is quite an ask emotionally but Marie says: "I put on my professional head, I go in and do the job that's required - you are there to support the parents. It's when I come out that I process it."
London was Marie's first ever marathon and she ended up running in one of the toughest years, coming home in a time of 5hrs 46 mins and 24 secs.
"It was very, very hot,"said Marie. "It was the hottest London Marathon on record and it was hard going."
It hasn't put her off because she's hoping to do the Brighton Marathon and next year's London.