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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Ulverston man who lost wife and daughter starts hospital equipment drive

A HEARTBROKEN Ulverston man whose wife and baby daughter died within six days of each other has vowed to ensure some good comes out of their tragic deaths.

Nicola Wood, 28, of The Orchards, Ulverston, died suddenly on May 3, two days after the baby she was expecting with husband David Wood, 29, was due. The baby, Charlotte Rose, was delivered but died in Royal Preston Hospital six days later.

Now, Mr Wood, a partner in Turton and Wood Electricals in Ulverston, has embarked upon a fundraising campaign to buy vital equipment for the two hospitals which cared for his daughter – and says he is “overwhelmed” by the support he has received from his friends, family and the wider community.

Mr Wood has set up the Nicola and Charlotte Fund, to raise money to pay for specialist equipment in the baby units of Furness General Hospital in Barrow and the Sharoe Green Neo-natal Unit of Royal Preston Hospital.

He said: “I don’t see why anyone else should ever have to be in the situation I’m in. I want to do something for the hospitals that helped us. They could not have done any better for us. The care at Barrow and at Preston was superb. The staff were so brilliant – and it fills me with hope that there are people there who are so incredibly dedicated.”

Mr Wood plans to cycle the 180 miles from Whitby to Walney on October 3 and 4 to raise funds for specialist lifesaving equipment which will help babies delivered under emergency conditions.

He has never cycled before but says his friends encouraged him to take it up in the weeks after the deaths of Nicola and Charlotte.

From a few friends deciding to undertake the Whitby to Walney ride, there are now 50 riders taking part with Mr Wood for the Nicola and Charlotte Fund, including Mr Wood’s business partner Chris Turton, who has also never cycled before.

Mr Wood said: “The support is just overwhelming. I just started training a couple of weeks ago with a few friends and now there are 50 people doing this in memory of Nicola and Charlotte.”

Up to 15 members of the team are new to cycling but all have been inspired to undertake the challenge for the fund.

Mr Wood has set up a page on the Just Giving website and says he feels overwhelmed by the numbers of people pledging money and by the “amazing” messages of support.

He said: “I can’t believe how many people care. People I haven’t seen for years, old school friends from all over the country and people who I have never met. It’s incredible.”

Now Mr Wood hopes local firms may wish to support the Nicola and Charlotte Fund through sponsorship.

He said: “I want to make sure anyone in the situation I was in can benefit from the equipment these baby units may need.”

Members of the public can donate to the Nicola and Charlotte Fund by visiting the Just Giving website athttp://www.justgiving.com/user/50858163. Alternatively, donations can be made through the Evening Mail. Cheques should be made payable to The Nicola and Charlotte Fund.

Have your say

What a lovely man. So sorry for his tragic losses. How nice that he has the strength to carry on and do this positive act. It is also nice to hear him praising the hospital staff for their care and support. It,s about time they were acknowledged for all the good they do. Good luck to mr wood and I hope he has all the luck he deserves in his future after going through this tradgedy.

Posted by sally patefield on 9 July 2014 at 08:44

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