‘Erikka’s legacy’ – couple open their hearts over tragic loss of gorgeous baby girl

BEAUTIFUL BABY: Erikka Shears
BEAUTIFUL BABY: Erikka Shears

THE family of a gorgeous baby girl who died aged just five months are throwing themselves behind a fundraising drive in her memory.

Little Erikka Shears developed heart problems after being born prematurely.

Erica Shears.

Erica Shears.

She fought bravely bu sadly lost her fight for life and tragically died after succumbing to infection.

Now her parents Adam Shears and Clare Atkinson and close friends are organising a fundraising night to help other children and families going through the same thing.

Adam, 33, and Clare, 31, watched as baby Erikka slipped away at North Tees hospital despite the heroic efforts of doctors who fought to save her life.

She had been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital which meant her little heart had to work extra hard to pump blood to her lungs.

(rear left to right) Trevor Pickard, Allan Bainbridge and Luke Kerr with (front left to right) Tamsyn Kerr and Adam Shears at the launch of the charity evening.

(rear left to right) Trevor Pickard, Allan Bainbridge and Luke Kerr with (front left to right) Tamsyn Kerr and Adam Shears at the launch of the charity evening.

Adam said: “The doctor told me people with this condition don’t do very well.

“He couldn’t give me a timescale but he said we would lose her sooner.”

Erikka had been in and out of hospital for months with breathing difficulties and a scan also revealed a hole in her heart.

Speaking about their heartache Adam said: “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through.

(rear left to right) Trevor Pickard, Allan Bainbridge and Luke Kerr with (front left to right) Tamsyn Kerr and Adam Shears at the launch of the charity evening.

(rear left to right) Trevor Pickard, Allan Bainbridge and Luke Kerr with (front left to right) Tamsyn Kerr and Adam Shears at the launch of the charity evening.

“The full family was devastated. I had a friend who lost a child and I just couldn’t fathom in my own head how he got through it.

“We have had to keep strong for our other children but I don’t know how we have coped.”

Between them the couple, of Rift House, have six children aged between nine months and 13.

Now Adam and close friend Trevor Pickard are organising a memorial night in Erikka’s name.

Prized lots in the fundraising raffle include a pair of drumsticks signed by the Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith.

And top darts player Glen Durrant will make a guest appearance and bring along signed shirts and a dartboard to auction.

Proceeds from the event at the Corporation Club, in Whitby Street, will go to the British Heart Foundation and children’s ward at the University hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, which cared for Erikka.

Adam, 33, said: “North Tees were absolutely fantastic, I can’t say enough about them.

“If the money we raise goes towards just one small machine and gives one child a better quality of life, that would be such a big thing for us.”

The memorial night will also feature live music from headline bands Mojo and Four Colour Ghosts.

People can also go on the waxing table for a donation and bid for some great items in an auction.

“It is going to be a cracking night,” added water engineer Adam, who is currently unemployed.

It takes place on Friday, December 5, from 7pm-11pm and tickets are £2.50.

lFor tickets, or if you wish to donate anything for the auction and raffles, call Adam on 07807298886 or Trevor on 07870451101.