Balloons will be released in Sheffield baby Mason’s memory

WALKML Sam and Karl Steele have organised a walk in memory of their son.
WALKML Sam and Karl Steele have organised a walk in memory of their son.
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A COUPLE from Sheffield have organised a charity walk to raise money for the organisation which helped them to deal with the tragic loss of their first child.

Baby Mason Steele was stillborn at 27 weeks in October last year.

Now his parents will lead a near 10-mile walk in Edale, Derbyshire, for Chesterfield Sands.

The walk was due to take place this Sunday but has been postponed until June 2 because of the bad weather.

The charity supports people living in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire who have been affected by the death of a baby.

Mason’s mum Sam and dad Karl Steele are keen to raise awareness for the charity as well as funds.

They believe there could be parents in the Sheffield area who are going through a similar ordeal but are unaware of the organisation’s services and feel they have nowhere to turn.

Sam, aged 35, said she was shocked by the lack of support she received from health services after baby Mason’s death - and said she only came across Chesterfield Sands by chance, after picking up a leaflet.

Now the couple make the 25-minute trip to Chesterfield from their home in Intake, Sheffield, to attend meetings every month.

Sam said: “I think there are some people in Sheffield who don’t know it is there.

“When we looked for support, we were surprised we couldn’t find anything in such a big city as Sheffield.

“We have really benefited from it.

“It has been amazing for my husband because he’s been able to speak to other male parents.”

Walkers will release balloons at the end, in Mason’s memory.

To take part, for more information, or to donate visit the website www.justgiving.com/MasonSteele or telephone the couple on 07817 963691.