Buggy brigade’s efforts boost charity

Families affected by Obstetric Cholestasis took part in a four mile pram push to raise awareness of the condition. Andy Edgecombe, from Long Melford, organised the event.
Families affected by Obstetric Cholestasis took part in a four mile pram push to raise awareness of the condition. Andy Edgecombe, from Long Melford, organised the event.

FAMILIES affected by a little-known condition raised around £500 for research with a sponsored pram push.

Andy Edgecombe, from Sampson Drive in Long Melford, organised the event, which saw 11 adults and seven children walk from Grantchester to Cambridge to raise money and awareness for obstetric cholestasis – a liver condition that affects pregnant women and can lead to stillbirths.

Mrs Edgecombe said: “Between us, the group had lost five stillbirths, which brings it home.

“We try to raise awareness from the point of view of mothers asking midwives for blood tests, as it could be the cause of a lot of unexplained stillbirths, as people’s symptoms aren’t noticeable enough to be diagnosed.”

Mrs Edgecombe lost her first child to the condition and her daughter has also suffered with OC. The money raised will go to OC Support UK, which aims to provide support and information to families affected by it.

Jenny Chambers, founder of OC Support UK, also took part in the event.

She said: “It was really good. The aim was to raise awareness of the condition and bring people together.

“When people come together who have a shared condition, that brings friendship and an empathic understanding of what it is like to go through the condition.

“Unless you have had the condition, it is hard to understand – it is really quite debilitating.”