Running the Rainbow in memory of Grayson

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 April 2015

Mum Clare, dad Rich, brother Aiden and baby Grayson.

Mum Clare, dad Rich, brother Aiden and baby Grayson.


A WESTON mum who suffered the tragic loss of her baby is preparing to tackle a fundraising challenge for the hospice she credits with helping to create 10 weeks of 'fantastic memories' with her son.

Shortly after Clare Toller gave birth to baby Grayson, medics revealed he had been delivered into the world with a heart defect, and would not survive.

But although heartbroken Clare and Grayson’s father Rich expected to have just hours – or at best days – with tiny Grayson, help from Children’s Hospice South West helped him to defy those gloomy predictions.

Support from the expert team at the North Somerset hospice at Charlton Farm in Wraxall began when Grayson was just days old, and Clare says it made a profound difference.

Clare said: “Grayson fought so hard that the days miraculously turned into weeks and with the help of the hospice team we brought him home at five weeks old.

“We were able to make so many fantastic memories for us and his older brother and that wouldn’t have been possible without the hospice team.”

Despite his brave battle for life, Grayson died at the age of 10 weeks.

However, the family retained links to the hospice, and Clare continues to speak in glowing terms of the positive impact the staff had on her family.

Clare said: “We were able to make beautiful memories in what should have been an absolute devastating time.

“We still call the hospice team our guardian angels as without them, goodness knows where we would be.”

Now, Clare is preparing to join thousands of other runners participating in a fundraiser for the hospice in June.

She will be among a field of competitors taking part in the hospice’s Rainbow Run on Clifton Downs on June 20. The event is a 5km run where participants get showered with different coloured powder at each 1km point.

The event aims to raise £100,000-plus for the hospice. Registration costs £13.50 for 16-year-olds and over. Sign up at

If you would like to sponsor Clare, you can do so by logging on to

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