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Hogan family from Abbots Langley pledge support for Tommy's by taking on Royal Parks Half Marathon
A family of four from Abbots Langley will be taking on a half marathon in memory of their son and brother Declan, who was stillborn.
The Hogan family team, made up of Pat, 55, Petula, 53, and their daughters Lianne, 28, and Kerry, 25, will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon on October 6 in support of national baby charity Tommy’s.
Their son Kieran, 15, will be there cheering on his family, who live off High Street,
Abbots Langley, from the sidelines.
The race day holds extra poignancy for the family, as it would have been Declan’s 18th birthday.
Their chosen charity, Tommy’s, works to save the lives of babies by undertaking medical research and providing treatment to women who experience complications during pregnancy. The hospital where Declan was born made the couple aware of Tommy’s, and they have been supporters of the family ever since.
Running has always been in the family and Mr Hogan describes himself as "the most experienced Hogan runner", already having a number of marathons under his belt. His daughters have also caught the running-bug in recent years.
Mr Hogan will be running alongside his youngest daughter, Kerry, whilst Mrs Hogan will be attempting her very first run and alongside Lianne, who has acted as her personal trainer since the family decided to do the race.
Mr Hogan said: "On Declan’s birthday we always mark the day in some way as a family. Declan is part and parcel of the family and he’s always in our thoughts. His gift to us was our son Kieran who was born three years later.
"This is the first time we’ve run as a family and it’s going to be a fantastic day out and a wonderful albeit painful way to celebrate Declan’s birthday".
The Royal Parks Half Marathon is thought to be one of the most scenic in the events calendar and goes through four Royal Parks in central London - Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park.
Tommy’s is one of five charity partners for the event this year, with 500 runners in the event. The charity will be providing entertainment on the day, including a Peppa Pig "meet and greet", a Tumble Tots obstacle course challenge, and arts and crafts activities.
Jane Brewin, Chief of Executive of Tommy’s, says: "We are so grateful to the Hogan family for continuing to support Tommy’s over so many years and we are very touched that they have chosen to mark Declan’s birthday by running for Tommy’s. Taking on this challenge together shows just how supportive they are of one another and what a special family they are.
"I know that we’re all looking forward to the day itself and showing our appreciation for all the runners whose efforts allow us to make the medical breakthroughs that help save babies’ lives."
To sponsor the family, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HoganFamilyRun
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