Parents thank those who helped remember their baby

Phillippa, Tom, Ted and their swim class friends in their pyjamas doing their sponsored swim.
Phillippa, Tom, Ted and their swim class friends in their pyjamas doing their sponsored swim.

Parents have thanked residents who helped honour their baby and help others in the same position.

Tom and Hilary Heason were left devastated after their daughter Emma was stillborn at 33-and-a-half weeks last July.

They got to spend time with their daughter at the RVI thanks to a cold cot donated by local charity 4Louis, which also provided a memory box containing photographs, a lock of hair, and foot and hand prints.

Hilary said: “For us, this box took away the need to think of anything other than spending time with Emma.”

Family friend Phillippa Aldridge, who runs baby swim school Squidgers – which Ted and Hilary’s two-year-old son Ted attends – offered to help raise funds for 4Louis in memory of Emma. They organised a sponsored swim, with the children wearing pyjamas to incorporate a water safety message, and aimed to raise £1,500 to purchase a cold cot.

Hilary was left blown away after the swim and raffle raised £13,035 with more money come in.

Hilary said: “This money will not only allow us to be able to donate a cuddle cot in Emma’s memory but also another three families linked to the swim school will have a cuddle cot donated in memory of their babies and will still leave £7,000 to assist the charity.

“Tom and I can not thank people enough for their generosity and would like everyone to know that their support has a great support to us.”

Donations can still be made via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/InmemoryofEmma