Burnley College boss raises £5,000 in son’s memory

Simon Jordan arrives at Burnley General Hospital after his 100 mile run in 24 hours.'Photo Ben Parsons
Simon Jordan arrives at Burnley General Hospital after his 100 mile run in 24 hours.'Photo Ben Parsons

The assistant principal at Burnley College has raised more than £5,000 for charity in memory of his baby son who was stillborn.

Mr Simon Jordan (33) ran a gruelling 100 miles in under 24 hours to raise the cash to buy a vital piece of equipment for Burnley General Hospital and provide bereavement counselling training in conjunction with East Lancs Hospice in Blackburn.

His son Oliver Robert Jordan was stillborn at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital on July 4th last year, leaving the family devastated.

Mr Jordan, who lives in Blackburn with wife Lynsey (35) and son Harry (3), has decided to spend some of the money on a cold cot, a system which uses a small machine to cool the baby and means parents can spend some time bonding with the baby before it is taken away.

He was supported along the route, which took him across East Lancashire before finishing at Burnley General. He completed the challenge in 23 hours and 20 minutes, 40 minutes ahead of schedule. He was joined for the last 16 miles of the run by Lynsey and some of their family and friends while son Harry completed the final 100 yards.

“I was really pleased with it. Throughout the night it was hard going and a bit lonely even though I had people with me. I had been awake for 36 hours so I was tired. I was having massage and my sports therapist was really supportive. I had a couple of whopping blisters but we just packed them up then got back on the road.”

Mr Jordan said he was a bit sore after the run but is already thinking about his next fund-raising challenge, the Tough Mudder assault course in Skipton in September. It was gruelling but I’m glad I did it and raised money for a good cause.

“Thanks to family and friends for their support.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Mr Jordan can still do so at www.justgiving.com/oliverrobertjordan.