A COUPLE whose baby died suddenly held a fund-raising Christmas party in his honour.
Christine and Stephen Stout, of Golborne, raised more than £1,520 for MedEquip4Kids, during the event at St Cuthbert’s Rugby Club.
Their son Jack, died as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in August, aged just four months, and as a way of finding peace, they decided to help others.
Christine, 27, said: “Losing Jack was really tough - Stephen and I nearly split up over it. We argued a lot but then we decided to raise money for charity to help make sure no-one else had to go through what we did.
“The Christmas party was the first event we have held.
“There was a children’s entertainer, a disco, street dance crew and of course Santa. Our own children, Jordan, 10, Katie, eight, Kai, five and my stepson, Josh, 12, enjoyed the party. I am proud to be supporting this amazing charity. We want to raise as much money as possible to support all those sick babies that need extra help in their first few weeks of life.
“We are now organizing another event in remembrance of Jacks first birthday at Easter.”
The money raised will go towards MedEquip4Kids’ Atom Incubator Appeal for the Neo Natal Unit at Wigan Infirmary. The extra incubator will treat the smallest and sickest babies at a very difficult time. It allows easier access for medical staff when babies need a lot of intervention. It will be especially useful for babies requiring Therapeutic Hypothermia (cooling).
When a baby is deprived of oxygen at birth, cooling the baby down for up to 72 hours after birth can allow the brain chance to recover, and can reduce the severity of lifelong brain damage. The new incubator will also allow greater access for parents, so they can be more involved in the day to day care of their baby before discharge and this will help the bonding process, which is often disrupted during long neo natal treatment.
Sarah Suthers, community fundraiser at MedEquip4Kids said: “We’d like to say a very special thank you to Christine and Stephen Stout for your amazing support. Children deserve the best healthcare and it’s crucial that all the right equipment and facilities are on hand to give them the best possible chance of a healthy future.”