Charity

Ten-year-old Niamh to ‘Dash for Dad’ this Father’s Day

By Mary Wells

A ten-year-old girl from Heswall is running 2k on Father’s Day in memory of her father.  

Niamh Campbell is taking part in Dash for Dad, a Father’s Day fun run organised by Child Bereavement UK.  

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement. The charity, which has a base in Widnes, supported Niamh and her family following the death of her father.

Niamh enjoys running; she has already completed a one-mile charity run and is looking forward to the more challenging 2k run.  She’s hoping to raise funds through sponsorship from her friends at school and church and is also planning to hold a bake sale, with help from mum Monica.

When Niamh’s father died, the family struggled to find support in their local area.  

Says Monica: “There’s absolutely nothing available in Wirral for bereaved children. I spent a year looking for support before I found Child Bereavement UK in Cheshire.  When Niamh first came to the charity she wasn’t great, but they gave her something positive to focus on each week. I don’t know what we’d have done without Child Bereavement UK.”

Says Niamh: “It was difficult at first.  I thought talking wouldn’t help at all but, actually, it made me feel a lot better.”

Dash for Dad starts at Runcorn Hill Park Visitors’ Centre from 10am on Sunday 16th June.  

There are 1km and 2km challenges to choose from and every runner gets a medal.  

Entry is £5 for adults, £2.50 for under 16s and the under 4s are free.  Participants also have the option to raise sponsorship for Child Bereavement UK.  To register to take part go to www.childbereavementuk.org or telephone 01928 577164.

Niamh Campbell