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Detective to run London Marathon in aid of Save Babies UK

Author: Marius West Published: 24th April 2015 09:01

 DC Andrea French

Detective to run London Marathon in aid of Save Babies UK

A Detective Constable from Mildenhall will be running the London Marathon this Sunday, in memory of a colleague’s granddaughter who died tragically from a rare disease, with donations going to the charity Save Babies Through Screening Foundation UK.

DC Andrea French, who works in Bury St Edmunds CID, was moved to make this gesture following the heart-breaking death of Detective Sergeant Ann Naylor’s granddaughter Phoebe Knibbs.

Phoebe was just 21-months-old when she succumbed to a rare illness known as Krabbe Disease. There is no cure for this disease and children normally die before they reach two years of age.

Phoebe was born on 29 May 2011 and lived in Kedington, near Haverhill, with her mum Hannah and big sister Amelia, who is five-years-old.

After a few months Hannah became concerned that Phoebe wasn’t developing as she should be and after a prolonged process of tests, on the 29 October 2012 it was confirmed that Phoebe had Krabbe Disease and that she was unlikely to make her second birthday.

Hannah was determined to keep Phoebe in her home and all the necessary medical equipment was installed in the house and Phoebe’s nanny Ann moved in to help care for her.

After putting up a brave fight for another four months, including undergoing an operation, Phoebe passed away peacefully in her sleep on 23 February 2013.

Despite suffering the irreplaceable loss of her daughter, Hannah has shown great courage in wanting to raise the profile of this little-known disease, along with the charity that supports the children and families who suffer and live with it.

Hannah, along with five friends, participated in the BUPA Great South Run in October 2013 in aid of Save Babies UK, together forming ‘Team PP’ (PP is the name Phoebe was affectionately called by her family).

DC Andrea French will now take on the ‘Team PP’ baton into the London Marathon and speaking about her participation, she said: "I am very excited about running for Team PP and hoping to raise awareness and money for such a worthy charity in memory of beautiful Phoebe.”

Commenting on the gesture made by her friend and colleague, Hannah’s mum Ann Naylor said: "Team PP are thrilled Andrea has taken on this challenge of running the London Marathon for Save Babies UK in memory of my special ‘angel’ granddaughter Phoebe.  Andrea has given up valuable family time, dedicating hours to train for such a fantastic charity and we are truly grateful - ‘Run Andrea Run!’”

Pat Roberts, Executive Director of Save Babies UK and grandmother of a child who died from Krabbe disease, expressed her delight at their first representation at the London Marathon:

"We are thrilled that Andrea will be running the London Marathon supporting Save Babies UK and we are so grateful to her.

"It is particularly important to us this year as we have a huge challenge to raise sufficient money to support an important Krabbe research project at Cambridge University Medical School. We wish Andrea every success.”

More information on Save Babies UK can be found at www.savebabiesuk.org

You can sponsor Andrea on her Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/Andrea-French1


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