Barnsley couple help other bereaved parents

Kerry and Scott Collins raised �2,644 for Barnsley Hospital Charity
Kerry and Scott Collins raised �2,644 for Barnsley Hospital Charity
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A couple have rallied their loved ones to raise thousands of pounds for a hospital charity in memory of their baby daughter.

Kerry Collins, aged 27, and 33-year-old Scott from Monk Bretton in Barnsley, encouraged their family and friends to take part in a massive range of activities - from parachute jumps to a go-karting day - to collect the funds.

They have now donated an impressive £2,644 to Barnsley Hospital Charity.

The money will be used to support families who find themselves in similar tragic circumstances, after they lost their daughter Pixie at the hospital in June 2013 to triploidy, a rare chromosomal disorder.

Kerry, who is now expecting a baby daughter in May, said: “We wanted to raise money for the hospital as a huge thank you for the care we received when sadly we lost our little girl.

“Barnsley Hospital were great and we wanted to give a little back.

“We have great family and friends who have helped us raise the money and it’s nice at a sad time to all pull together for a good cause.”

Some money will be put towards refurbishing a new ‘Rainbow Room’ where bereaved parents can spend precious time with their child before saying goodbye.

Specialist training for midwives - giving them the skills to care for and help bereaved parents and families - will also benefit.

Katie Cartwright, fundraising manager at the hospital charity, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Kerry and Scott who have dedicated themselves over the last year to raising this amazing generous donation.

“It is only with the support of people like them we can continue to support care.

“They have made a real difference to local families.”