Published: 00:01, 20 July 2017
Tom Webb and his partner Tanita Munday were devastated when their daughter Faith was stillborn in June.
But the couple, from Queenborough, will be forever grateful for the care they were given at the Abigail’s Footsteps bereavement suite at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.
Now, to raise money for the unit, Tom, 25, is to walk 67 miles from Sheppey to Brighton in his daughter’s memory.
The office administrator said: “This has been the most horrific time of our lives.
"What has made this whole time that little bit easier, though, is the Abigail’s Footsteps bereavement suite at Medway hospital, called Abigail’s Place, which opened last year.
“We stayed there for two nights after Faith was born and it allowed us to spend some time with our baby girl and make memories with her – the only things we now have.”
He added: “Because of this, we will not have any regrets of not doing something with our girl.
“That’s why we want to fundraise for Abigail’s Footsteps, so that it can continue to help people who may find themselves in the same devastating situation.”
During the pregnancy, at 12 weeks, the couple of three-and-a-half years discovered their baby had fetal hydrops, a condition that sees an abnormal accumulation of fluid gather under the skin.
She was also diagnosed with Turner Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects about one in every 2,000 baby girls and only affects females.
Faith died at 23 weeks and was stillborn.
Tom, along with his friend Sam Clemons, will start their “Walk of Faith” from The Aviator pub at Queenborough Corner on Friday, October 20.
They aim to reach Brighton Marina after 22 hours, where Tanita will meet them.
So far, they have £1,020 of their £1,900 target – with £500 donated by Tom’s employer, Thames Reinforcements in Sheerness.
The men are looking for sponsors to help them buy walking boots, reflective gear, torches and other equipment. Call Tom on 07557 093421 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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