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London Marathon Showcase: Tom Langley

29th January 2018

“We have nothing but admiration for the care we received...”

On Sunday 22nd April Tom Langley, an accountant for GSK, will run the 2018 Virgin London Marathon in aid of St George’s Hospital Charity. He wanted to run for Team George's as next year it will be ten years since his first son Dylan was stillborn.

The money he raises will be put towards The Fetal Medicine Unit where his wife Lynda and their unborn son Dylan were cared for. The Unit provides a wide range of services for expecting parents such as ultrasounds, fetal medicine, and fetal echocardiography. They also provide a high quality tertiary referral service to the South-West Thames region when treatments for conditions such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome are needed.

Donations to the Fetal Medicine Unit help to fund additional equipment, facilities, and staff training that is ‘above and beyond’ what is normally supplied helping the unit to provide the best care possible to patients.

In 2008 Tom and Lynda were expecting their first child when the 13 week scan showed a problem with Dylan’s health. Over the following weeks they attended St George’s several times for monitoring and treatment. At first it seemed like things were going well however one day at Lynda felt something wasn’t right. They immediately made an appointment where the doctor broke the news that tragically there was no longer a heartbeat. Dylan was 36 weeks old.

It is a truly heart-breaking situation. Yet what people might not realise is that when this happens, the mother then later has to return to hospital to deliver the stillborn child.

Tom said: “The staff on the unit, especially Doctor Bhide, were as humane as anyone could possibly be. Throughout the terrible process Doctor Bhide was a point of strength for us. Unfortunately despite the best efforts of him and his team the outcome was not good - but the experience was made less terrible than it could have been thanks to the fantastic care we received.”

Tom and Lynda went on to have a second son whom they decided to call Joshua and the family live happily in East Molesey in Surrey.

Of course Dylan is always remembered. Tom said: “We cherish Joshua, but there remains a void where his older brother should be. Next Year will be the 10th anniversary. So I wanted to run again to mark that occasion and raise more money for St George’s - a hospital for which we have great attachment and great respect.”

Mari-Louise White, Community and Events Fundraising Manager, said: “We have so much gratitude and respect for people like Tom who take on challenge events in aid of our cause. We can’t thank him enough. Tom’s fundraising will make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families who are treated in The Fetal Medicine Unit.

If you would like to sponsor Tom’s London Marathon you can do so by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page here. You can also donate directly to The Fetal Medicine Unit through our website.

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