A North London father has raised more than £15,700 for Haven House Children’s Hospice by running a half marathon in memory of his baby son.

Steven Brodie, who lives in Whetstone, took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 9 October with a team of family and friends in Hyde Park.

Steven and his wife, Rachel, turned to Haven House after their son, Isaac Maxwell Brodie, was born on 1 February 2016. Just before the birth, the family discovered that Isaac had a mass on his brain, which was later diagnosed as a tumour in the brain stem.

After two weeks of care at University College London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital and being told there was nothing else that could be done, the family were offered a transfer to Haven House, so that Isaac and his family could spend time together.

Steven Brodie said: “I remember saying to a friend a year or so ago that I would never do any kind of half marathon or marathon.

“I figured it would take far too much effort and commitment. But then I had a beautiful baby boy, Isaac.

“The doctors didn't know if he would be able to breathe on his own, but he did, for six days.

“He went outside, he spent time with his mum and dad, he met family, we took wonderful photos and made some wonderful memories.

“Haven House was there for all of it. They gave us the confidence to give Isaac all he could have hoped for in his tragically short life.

“Isaac inspired me to get off my backside and do something that I didn't think I could!

“We recruited nine friends and family members to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon and they all put their heart and soul into it, raising around £27,000 for this amazing charity.”

Mike Palfreman, Chief Executive of Haven House, said: “We are so grateful to Steven and Rachel for all of their incredible fundraising.

“What they have achieved together with their family and friends for our hospice is nothing short of remarkable and will help us support other families in need.”

You can support Rachel and Steven’s fundraising for Haven House by visiting their Just Giving page.