Staff at one of the region’s biggest recycling firms were in the pink to show their support for a colleague whose baby daughter tragically died earlier this year.
Little Irla Harmony Egglestone was just under a month old when she lost her brave fight for life after being born with Down’s Syndrome and a heart condition which medics were unable to treat.
Irla was born two weeks prematurely at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in July, weighing 6lb 10oz to loving parents Emma Turner and Glenn Egglestone.
After receiving specialist care at three hospitals and the Butterwick Children’s Hospice, in Stockton, Irla lost her fight for life at the family home in Hartlepool.
On returning to his job at J&B Recycling dad Glenn was delighted to hear his colleagues had rallied round to arrange an event to raise cash for the Butterwick Hospice.
Recycling operative Glenn, 34, said: “It was a lovely gesture from my friends at J&B, and me and Emma are very grateful.
Irla was only expected to live for between two and six hours when she was born but she put up a good fightDad Glenn Egglestone
“As soon as they said they were raising money, I immediately wanted to give it to the Butterwick Hospice because the help and support they gave us was absolutely brilliant.
“She was a little fighter, she was only expected to live for between two and six hours when she was born but she put up a good fight and was two days short of being a month old when she passed away.”
Glenn and Emma are also parents to Bentley, three, while Emma has Kayla, 19, 15-year-old Callum, Alisha, 13, and Darrian nine, from a previous relationship while Glenn is also dad to Jack, 12, and 11-year-old Kate.
The team at J&B raised £679.65 for the hospice from a Wear It Pink day. Managing Director Vikki Jackson-Smith said: “Glenn is a vital member of our team, and when this tragedy happened with Irla we said we would do all we could to help him and Emma. I can’t begin to imagine what they have been through over the last few months, and it was lovely to see such a good amount raised at our Wear It Pink event for a cause which is so close to Glenn and Emma.”