Three runners took on the a 10k race to raise awareness of an organisation aiming to provide mother and baby respite care for mums with post natal depression.
The trio, running along Deal seafront was representing Everglow, The Rebecca Kruza Foundation and consisted of the late mum’s sister Kate and friends.
The challenge on Sunday was organised by Deal Tri and is a favourite event in the town’s Regatta Week activities.
Insurance underwriter Rebecca Kruza was a new mum who tragically took her life after suffering post natal depression. She had visited doctors 12 times between March and May in 2018 but the medication was having a minimal effect on her condition.
She was found hanged at her mother Lyn Richardson’s home in Alkham in June 2018. At the time Mrs Richardson was looking after Miss Kruza’s baby. The child was just seven and a half months old.
An inquest that November heard Miss Kruza was tormented by disturbing visions of her child in the washing machine. Coroner for north east Kent Alan Blundson ruled she had intended to take her own life and gave a verdict of suicide.
Ms Kruza’s family has now established Everglow in the name of their loved one, with the aim of preventing maternal ill mental health and suicide.
They also want the government to make Rebecca’s Law, to legislate on the duties of health visitors and GPs ensuring health visits continue when post natal depression is identified.
Sunday’s event was called the Dinosaur 10k. Runners were Hamilton Phipps, Claire Bond and committee member Kate Kruza.
They are raising funds for mother and baby respite homes, and awareness for the foundation’s wider aims.
Mrs Richardson said: “We would be very grateful for any donations through our website please.”
You can donate by clicking here.
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