Couple raise funds for special cots

From left, Chris Richardson, Dr Alison Guadagno and Ailsa Richardson with the cuddle cot that was donated to the Great North Childrens Hospital at the RVI in Newcastle.
From left, Chris Richardson, Dr Alison Guadagno and Ailsa Richardson with the cuddle cot that was donated to the Great North Childrens Hospital at the RVI in Newcastle.

A Cramlington couple have donated some important equipment to two hospitals in memory of their son after raising £3,800.

Ailsa and Chris Richardson were given the use of a ‘cuddle cot’ after Corey was stillborn in November last year due to a knot in his umbilical cord.

It helps parents spend more time with their child before they have to say goodbye as the cot is a specialised cool mattress designed to slow down the deterioration of their stillborn baby.

The Richardsons, both 38, said the extra time made a huge difference.

Afterwards, they received a memory box with photos of their son. The boxes are put together by North East charity 4Louis, set up by a family in 2010 following their own stillbirth loss.

Items in them include photos of the baby, a candle, a card and an acknowledgement of life certificate.

The couple were so touched that they decided to raise funds for the charity.

Mrs Richardson said: “We followed 4Louis on Facebook and found out that the charity enables you to donate a cuddle cot in memory of your child.

“We organised a fund-raising event at the Lal Qila restaurant in Cramlington, which also included a raffle and tombola. It was very well supported and we raised more than £2,600.

“As cuddle cots cost about £1,500, we were close to the amount for two of them and so me and my three sisters then took part in the Colour Obstacle Rush 5k event at Newcastle Racecourse in May and that brought in over £1,100.

“A close friend from Chris’ mam’s side of the family lost her baby in January, so the second cot is in memory of her son. The remaining money will go to 4Louis.”

The cuddle cots have been donated to the Great North Children’s Hospital at the RVI in Newcastle and the University Hospital of North Tees.

For more information about the charity, visit www.4louis.co.uk