Emily and Sudeb Mandal from Maidstone are running the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 17th April to raise money for LLLGB.
“Breastfeeding my daughter meant a great deal to me and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my local support group, the LLL published books and the help line. The first 2 days after the milk came in were very painful and I really didn’t think I could continue, feeling very torn between my desperate desire to succeed and the reality I sought help and within 24hrs was healing and settled. Once I got the swing of things, I even managed to donate some to the local special care unit. I wanted to choose a cause that I had had some connection with and that did work both abroad and here in the UK. “
The sun was shining for The Brighton Marathon and family and friends went along to show support to Emily and Sudeb; LLL Leader Efrat and her daughter cheered them on from mile 9 at Ovingdean. They completed their first Marathon in around 5 hours and managed to raise over £700 for LLLGB! Congratulations to them on their first Marathon and Thank you for choosing our charity. Over the years people have participated in various events to raise money for us, this is the first marathon in recent years and we are very grateful!
Emily and Sudeb warming up with their daughter for their last long run before the big day.
“This wonderful charity supplemented the local breastfeeding support group when my wife really needed it after the birth of our daughter. I am more than happy to support this charity which I believe needs to get more publicity and make breastfeeding a viable option for more women.”
Emily training in storm Katie, 22 days to go!
“With the refugee crisis at the moment I can’t stop thinking about all those women who do not have any other option except breast milk and the thought of being in chronic pain or watching your child starve really sits heavily on my mind. Information is power and can spread for free therefore just a few consultants on the ground can go on to help a huge number of women – it’s a very cost effective strategy.”
Emily and Sudeb finishing the Brighton Half Marathon as part of training for the big day.
“As a nurse, nutrition and life long health is a great interest of mine and I felt the gift of breastfeeding when ever possible has far reaching, life long ramifications such as obesity, diabetes, bowel disease, IQ, cancer etc. It’s a great leveller too, be you rich or poor the need for support in order to provide the best sustenance to your child is shared.”