North-east mum takes part in year of charity challenges to celebrate ‘miracle baby’

Denise and Darren with son Owen in 2012

A North-east mum has taken on a year of challenges to raise money for charity in order to mark the fifth birthday of her “miracle baby”.

Denise Middler, from Inverurie, began taking on the challenges to give back to the Aberdeen Fertility Centre, as well as other charities along the way.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the first successful IVF procedure – coinciding with Denise’s challenge.

Denise, who suffers from severe endometriosis, spent nine years trying to conceive via IVF before her son Owen, whose fifth birthday was on August 21, was born.

A difficult birth, the youngster was born in the breech position in the back of Denise’s dad Tom’s car.

The 42-year-old mum said that without the fertility centre and the police officers who helped deliver her son, he wouldn’t be here.

She said: “At the start of the year I decided I wanted to do some challenges to raise money.

“I always said when I was on my third and final trial of IVF when it worked I wanted to give something back to the centre.”

Since January, Denise has taken on 16 challenges, such as Kilt Walk, Great Aberdeen Run and the Inverurie Triathalon before finishing in Inverness with a 10k in memory of her brother who died of heart disease 10 years ago.

She said: “I finished it all in Inverness for a 10k. I grew up and went to school with my brother there, it just seemed the right thing to do, and it was a great place to finish it off.”

Her partner Darren Farquharson and Owen have also joined her for a few challenges, with Owen even being awarded his own certificate from Kidney Kids for taking part in the mini Glack Attack run.

Having raised more than £3,000 from her challenges, she finished off the active year on a high with a successful dinner dance that was held on Saturday.

Selling 114 tickets, the event raised £1,400 for the Aberdeen Fertility Centre.

Denise said: “I’m very proud that I managed to complete it.It’s just been amazing. I’ll certainly keep up with the running.”