A brave mum who gave birth to a still born baby is hoping a signed Pools football will kick off an auction battle to raise charity cash.
Angela Bennett has teamed up with the landlords of The Fisherman’s Arms to hold a fundraising night for the charity she launched following the stillbirth of her baby boy Cameron Bennett.
The 38-year-old called the drive Cameron’s Kisses, and money raised for it will go towards buying a piece of equipment known as a Cuddle Cot for the maternity unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
The cot keeps stillborn babies cool so that their parents can spend as much time as possible with them after they are delivered.
The cots can even be taken home so mums and dads can have some special bonding time with their newborn before saying goodbye.
Landlords of The Fisherman’s Arms, Paul and Lana Williams, know Angela and her musician husband Tinny Bennett from gigs at the pub.
They decided to help out by holding a music night, and Paul also got his hands on a signed Hartlepool United football which will be auctioned off at a charity night on July 8, from 7.30pm, which will also include seven music acts including We Steal Flyers.
Angela, also mum to two daughters, said: “A cuddle cot would have made such a difference to us as we would have been able to spend more time with Cameron.
“It sounds morbid, but you feel very differently when you are in that situation.”
She added: “We’d really like to give other parents in the same predicament as us this chance.”