Capital visit for fundraiser couple

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Mum Nicola Richardson was the guest of Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron at a special Downing Street reception to celebrate the work of national charity The Lullaby Trust.

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep.

Nicola and husband Ian, who live in Penistone, lost their son Alexander at just 17 months in 2007 from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Since then, she has been a tireless worker for the charity which, working with the NHS, runs a national health-visitor led service for bereaved parents.

The special Downing Street reception marked 25 years of the charity’s unique support service.

Every year around the anniversary of her son’s death, Nicola hosts Alexander’s Charity Ball to raise money for The Lullaby Trust and in three years alone the ball has raised almost £38,000.

As well as attending the reception, Nicola and Ian were interviewed on ITV’s This Morning programme with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

“It was an honour and privilege to have been asked to share our story,” said Nicola.