Fancy-dress pram race raises more than £4,000 for charity to support grieving families

Gary and Lisa Bowes (left), whose baby was stillborn, recently organised a charity pram race which raised more than �4,000, which they donated to Tracey and Bob McGurrell (pictured, right) of the  4Louis charity, which provides keepsake boxes for the families of stillborn babies.
Gary and Lisa Bowes (left), whose baby was stillborn, recently organised a charity pram race which raised more than �4,000, which they donated to Tracey and Bob McGurrell (pictured, right) of the 4Louis charity, which provides keepsake boxes for the families of stillborn babies.
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A SPONSORED event that involved around 60 people from a tight-knit community has raised thousands of pounds for a charity that helps families who have suffered stillbirths.

A fancy dress pram race in Trimdon Colliery raised £4,655 for the 4Louis charity, which provides keepsake memory boxes for the families of stillborn babies.

Trimdon Colliery couple Gary and Lisa Bowes organised last month’s event in memory of their daughter Darcie Jane who was born sleeping on June 18 last year.

The couple handed over the cash to Tracey and Bob McGurrell, from the charity.

The charity, which has a new base on Peterlee’s Bracken Hill Industrial Estate, was established after Houghton-le Spring man Bob’s daughter Kirsty gave birth to baby son Louis, who was stillborn, on December 10, 2009.

Bob said: “We attended the event itself and it was absolutely phenomenal. The whole community was out in force to not just support the family, but our charity as well.”

The money will pay for more keepsake boxes, which are provided in 60 hospitals across the UK, and a ‘cuddle cot’ in Darcie’s memory, which helps slow the decomposition process, enabling parents to take babies home to grieve and say goodbye.