Thousands of pounds raised in memory of baby

Children and parents at Squidgers baby swim school taking part in their charity dip.
Children and parents at Squidgers baby swim school taking part in their charity dip.

Parents and children came together to honour a baby who died tragically hours after being born.

Squidgers, a baby and toddlers swim school in Whitley Bay, donned their pyjamas for a sponsored swim and raffle in memory of Henry Baynham, so far raising nearly £6,000 for the 4Louis charity.

Henry was born with two congential heart defects but died in his parents’ arms 100 minutes later.

His parents Rob and Becky were able to use a cuddle cot purchased by the charity, with family and friends keen to support the organisation with another sponsored event.

An event organised by Squidgers, run by Phillippa Aldridge, last year managed to raise more than £14,000 in memory of Emma Heason, who was stillborn at 33 weeks.

Becky and Rob, whose eldest son Charlie is on Team Squidgers, said: “At our 20-week scan we found out that our beautiful little boy was going to be born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a condition that one in 3,500 babies are born with.

“We were referred to fetal medicine who confirmed the diagnosis and also found Henry had two congenital heart defects, meaning he would need multiple surgeries at birth and into childhood to try and increase his chances.

“When our little fighter was born he was able to be held in our arms for 100 minutes before passing away. Thanks to 4Louis, we have memories we will cherish forever and were able to spend irreplaceable time with Henry, making our grief just a little bit more bearable.”

Squidgers baby swim school has developed a close bond over the last 12 months with 4Louis.

Phillippa said: “Becky and Rob asked if they could be involved in the fundraising this year, they truly understand the need for all the charity does and want to raise as much awareness as possible for such a worthy cause.

“It is an absolute honour to do this in memory of Henry.

“The charity 4louis work tirelessly to help all those dealing with the loss of a little one but also older children too.

“They not only provide memory boxes for families and to donate to hospitals but they also raise money to purchase cuddle cots, cuddle blankets and more recently build bereavement rooms in hospitals.

“A cuddle blanket is a lightweight portable machine which can be used in duvet covers, etc, which allows parents to spend more time with their loved ones.

“It really does make an enormous difference in the grieving process and helps families to heal.

“I mentioned to Henry’s mum and dad about the need for these blankets and they would love to have a cuddle blanket donated in memory of Henry, so that other families are able to get that much needed time and support at such a traumatic time.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Phillippa-Aldridge