Cole’s Hope for Neo-natal Unit

Coles Hope Golf tournament at Birley Wood Golf Course
Coles Hope Golf tournament at Birley Wood Golf Course
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PINK versus blue - in memory of two special babies.

Fundraisers got in the swing for Cole’s Hope Golf Tournament at Sheffield’s Birley Wood Golf Course.

The annual tournament is one of a series of events arranged by a Sheffield couple to raise funds for the Jessop Neo-natal Unit in memory of their two lost babies.

Emma Hodson, aged 27, and 31-year-old Lee Mason, of Jaunty Road, Basegreen, lost their baby son Cole in 2010 when he was born prematurely weighing 2lb 1oz.

It was the second tragedy to hit Lee - when he was with his previous partner their prematurely-born daughter Hope died in 2005.

Emma said, despite the double loss, the couple would be forever grateful to the care administered by Dr Elizabeth Pilling and her team at the neo-natal unit.

The couple set up Cole’s Hope Charity which has so far raised more than £5,000 for the unit.

Emma said Cole was doing really well for four days, but got an infection which caused his major organs to shut down and he died on the morning of the fifth day.

She said: “Dr Pilling told us it wasn’t looking good as his heart kept stopping. She asked if we would like to hold him in his last moments they called the chaplain so we could have him baptised.

“They gave him pain relief so he couldn’t feel anything and the nurses fetched us everything we asked for.

“He went peacefully in his dad’s arms. The staff were all really supportive and explained everything, but, as you can imagine, we couldn’t really take anything in at that point.

“So Dr Pilling made an appointment to see us six weeks later to explain.”

Emma said they set up the charity to raise awareness of premature births.

The couple, who now have a one-year-old son Zachery, will host a football tournament, fun run and a tenpin bowling night to raise money for their charity later this year.