Mum's incredible 50k challenge in memory of two children

A mum who received bereavement support after losing two children will take on a huge physical challenge for a cause close to her heart. Emma White, 51, managing director at My Optician, in Canley, will face the gruelling 50km Ultra run in the Lake District.

She will be raising money for mental health charity MIND, which offered vital help in dealing with the personal tragedies as well as when her mum passed away. The run will take place on Saturday, June 8, the day her daughter Hayley would have celebrated her 33rd birthday. Emma said: "I’m excited but also terrified. One of my biggest fears is self-navigation and I will need to confront that to complete the challenge but it’s an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

"The challenge takes place on what would be my daughter’s 33rd birthday and over the years running has become a huge place of solace for me. So it’s all together a really special day and I hope that it will shed a light on this important cause and support MIND in helping others in need."

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Emma has been training for around 18 months, both in terms of fitness and self-navigation. Work colleagues at My Optician, based in Cannon Park Shopping Centre, have been helping raise money. Throughout May they held a raffle with prizes donated from other businesses including Tesco, Boots and the Penny Farthing pub.

My Optician is also offering minor repairs and adjustments in return for donations of any size towards Emma’s fundraising efforts. She added: “The response from everyone in our local community, including patients, family, friends and other independent businesses, has been incredible.

"I want to extend a huge thank you to everybody who has contributed or even just offered words of encouragement. It has been heart-warming to see so many people come together for such an important cause." Anyone wanting to donate can click here.

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