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Parents’ efforts to keep Archie’s memory alive

Memories: Deborah and Matthew with the baby box

Memories: Deborah and Matthew with the baby box

 

A grieving mum is determined to create a legacy for her baby son by raising money to help other bereaved parents.

Archie Hart was born prematurely after his mum Deborah went into labour on September 14, just 23 weeks and two days into the pregnancy.

Sadly, he died just 50 minutes later.

Now Deborah, 41, wants to ensure his memory lives on and support other parents who have lost children.

She set up the Archie Lateef Hart Memorial Society to raise money for various charities and will hold her first fundraiser on Saturday, April 5.

It will be a charity fair with a range of stalls, offering gifts, flower arranging, massages, reiki, storytelling, face painting and other attractions.

The event runs from 11am to 3pm at Tatton Community Centre, on Silverdale Road.

Deborah, of Devonport Way, Chorley, said: “I want to do something that will make Archie proud of me.

“I want friends and family to embrace him and remember him. He was still our baby, even though he’s not here.”

Saturday’s event will raise money for SiMBA (Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal), a charity which provides memory boxes for bereaved parents to collect items linked to their baby.

Deborah and husband Matthew were given a box by staff from Royal Preston Hospital and plan to continue adding to it, including birthday and Christmas gifts for Archie.

Deborah said: “It was lovely to get one. It was emotional, but it was a beautiful thing.”

She hopes to raise £500 on Saturday and the money will help SiMBA to provide more boxes for bereaved parents.

Deborah is already planning more fundraising events, including one in September close to what would have been Archie’s first birthday.

She hopes to eventually raise £2,700 to pay for training for counsellors, who could help grieving parents in

Chorley.

Deborah said: “Just speaking to someone who understands can help.

“It’s a horrible thing to go through and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”

 

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