Millom family’s fundraiser in memory of son Kai
Last updated at 16:50, Wednesday, 21 November 2012
A COURAGEOUS couple are holding a fundraising night for a children’s hospital, in memory of their son who passed away at just 16 days old.
Abby Sample and her partner David Barker are inviting friends and family to celebrate their son Kai John Barker’s life at a special charity night.
Kai lost his battle with a congenital heart defect while only days old.
Now, his parents are raising money for the Intensive Care Unit at Alder Hey Children’s Healthcare Hospital, in Liverpool, in a bid to stop other families sharing their heartbreak.
Miss Sample said: “Our son Kai John Barker was born on August 12, 2012 and sadly passed away on August 28 after fighting a long, hard battle against critical aortic stenosis.
“He underwent open heart surgery on August 15 and it was a successful operation, but unfortunately his heart was just too badly damaged to repair itself and he gave up the will to live.
“Our son will always be in our thoughts and we would just like people to give what they can because it’s going to help save another baby’s life and the happiness of another family.
“So everyone is invited to celebrate our son’s life and support a wonderful cause so please come and enjoy.”
The fundraising evening will take place on Saturday at Millom Rugby League Club, from 7pm.
On the night there will be live music, a disco and a charity auction and raffle.
All the money raised on the night will be split between Alder Hey’s Intensive Care Unit and Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides parent accommodation at hospitals.
Miss Sample said: “Without people kindly donating and raising monies for the Ronald McDonald houses there would be no accommodation for people like me and David to stay within the hospital grounds, without worrying about paying for accommodation.”
Miss Sample has also set up a Just Giving webpage to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
Anyone wishing to donate should log on to: www.justgiving.com/Abby-sample.
First published at 16:11, Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Well done Abby and David for raising awareness. Good luck for Saturday. Ali xx