A grieving couple who lost their tiny premature son at just 11 days old have pledged to help other struggling babies.
Linzi Moss and Alan Brown are still coming to terms with the loss of Hayden, who died on February 17 weighing under 3lb.
But they have already set up a website from their Chorley home and hope to help others who experience neonatal death.
As well as raising funds they are appealing to people to make the tiny blankets that are often used to cover premature babies in hospital.
Linzi, 26, of Balcarres Road, said: “The little blanket Hayden’s grandma made for him was really important.
“They don’t tend to dress the babies in clothes because they’re so tiny, but they can have a blanket.
“I’ve found it a real comfort since Hayden died and when he was still in hospital I would sometimes bring it home with me to remind me of him.”
Linzi, who works as a carer at Coniston House in Chorley, went into early labour when she was just 26 weeks pregnant.
A week later Hayden was born by emergency caesarian section at the Sharoe Green unit at The Royal Preston Hospital weighing just 2lb 9oz.
She said: “He was put straight onto a ventilator and you’d expect that for a baby that was so premature, but he was fine other than that.
“He even came off the ventilator at one point, but then he developed a chest infection and had to be put back on it.”
Linzi and her partner Alan, 36, a prison officer, were confident that Hayden was still doing well considering his early arrival.
She returned home to be with her other two children, Oakley, eight and Oneil, three, while continuing to visit Hayden each morning to feed him.
She said: “When he had the bleed on his brain it was a huge shock.
“The doctors had told us he was doing well, but then he deteriorated so fast.
“He looked so perfectly developed on the outside, but inside he just wasn’t ready to be born.”
Since Hayden died, Linzi and Alan have been trying hard to come to terms with their loss.
Now they both want to do something positive, and something that will help other families who might have to face a similar situation.
Linzi said: “Everyone at the hospital was so good. They did absolutely everything they could to help Hayden and now we’d like to give something back.”
The couple have already been given a £100 boost by the Co-operative Funeralcare in Chorley and plan to hold fund-raising events once Linzi is fully recovered.
In the meantime that tiny blanket still offers a little comfort to a grieving mum.
If you would like to donate or knit a blanket go to www.haydenshelpinghand.co.uk