If there is one thing that is important in this life, it is to give and help others. In 2007, Matt Bungay, a father from Andover, had his world turned upside down with the sudden loss of his baby son, Kallum. One of the things that helped him and his wife, Charlotte, though this tragedy was the kindness of the Lullaby Charity…and now, Matt wants to give back.
“In 2007, my son Kallum passed away to cot death. This is a reason without explanation, it makes it hard gain closure or ‘deal’ with what’s happened when you have no answers / reasons. The Lullaby Trust (formally FSID) was there for my wife, myself and for our one year old Ronnie when we needed the extra support.
They provided family days out at attractions, someone to talk to and most of all advice and support when we had our third baby Jude. This should be the most amazing time with a new life…it was anything but. To be too scared to sleep or leave him alone or with others was impossible. A little cold and we were at the doctors, both a bag of nerves and riddled with fear.
We were given help through the ‘Care of Next Infant’ scheme that The Lullaby Trust introduced to GP surgeries. Through this the young baby / toddler is seen as an emergency which helps to ease your worries.”
After this tragedy, Matt’s weight went up and he became more reliant on food and drink. Now he is back at his fittest and, with the help of his two sons, has completed some huge challenges including Man vs Mountain, Tough Mudder, Grim and River Rat. Earlier in March, Matt ran 26 miles on a treadmill in Andover’s town centre, raising £240 for The Lullaby Trust – but he wants to raise more.
“It is my goal to one day prevent any parent or sibling feeling the pain my wife and I do. I do not wish anyone to have to bury their baby. It is this that drives me to raise money for The Lullaby Trust to help them with their work and research.”
At 10am on Saturday 28th March, Matt is holding a fun run in memory of his son Kallum. The event is being held at Charlton Lakeside and there are three distances for people to choose from; the 3k which is ideal for families, the 5k and the 10k. A donation is needed to take part which will help towards Matt’s £1750 goal. On Saturday there will also be a raffle at 50p per ticket; prizes include:
- Signed Southampton FC Home Shirt
- VIP meal for 2 at London Street Brasserie – Reading
- x2 Muscle Food lean meat hamper (worth £113 each)
- M&S luxury hamper
- x2 London Opera House tickets for ‘Carmen’ Final dress rehearsal
- Black and Decker sander
- Plus lots more!