A WOMAN who sought help from her employers 12 years after she made the heartbreaking decision to have her baby’s life support turned off has nearly reached her fundraising goal.

Nicola Challice, of Elsecar, lost her baby Ethan in 2007 to a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) when he was just five-days-old.

When Ethan was born he was immediately put on life support, as having a CDH meant he had just a one in 2,000 chance of survival, and Nicola was faced with making a decision no parent should have to make - to turn his life support off.

The 40-year-old, who works as a credit controller at Paragon Veterinary Referrals, sought help in the form of counselling through her employers last year, and is now doing her very best to help others.

She has secured a place at next year’s London Marathon, running for Make-A-Wish Foundation, but needs to raise a minimum of £2,000 before she can take part.

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Nicola said: “The fundraising is going superbly and the total now stands at just under £1,800 so I really am on the home stretch.

“I held a cake sale at work recently and we raised more than £100 which is absolutely brilliant and I held it on what would have been Ethan’s birthday so it was a very poignant event.

“I am running the Wakefield 10k tomorrow and the Worksop Half Marathon on October 27 so I am really hoping to have reached my target by then.

“I just want to thank everyone so much for all the support they have given me, both emotionally, and in terms of donations, including my colleagues at Paragon, friends and family. It has been overwhelming and wonderful. I can never bring Ethan back but I can do my bit to help other children.”

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