A FUNDRAISING night in memory of a much-loved Belper baby raised an impressive £3,000-plus for charity.
The family of Kyreece Anthony Swan organised the event, which raised £3,333, after tragically losing him to cot death syndrome.
Five-month-old Kyreece’s parents, Kristian Swan and Hayley Carlton-Paul, were devastated at the sudden death of their son.
The happy and healthy tot had been taking an afternoon nap when tragedy struck on June 30 last year.
Following Kyreece’s death, Kristian, 20, and Hayley, 17, along with the tot’s grandmothers, Karen Swan and Sue Paul, set about raising awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and also raising cash for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) charity.
At the forefront was a fundraising night, held at the Seven Stars pub, on Kilbourne Road, Belper.
Grandmother Karen, 48, of Longstone Rise, said: “This little boy was, and will continue to be, our little angel.
“In order to help save future babies we have joined with FSID, a charity set up to support families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
“The charity event we held in memory of Kyreece was a huge success.”
Highlights of the night included a raffle boasting 130 prizes and an auction.
The auction lots included a holiday to Egypt, which sold for £215, a Derby County Football shirt and the chance to have your car cleaned.
Also, entertainers and singers gave up their time for free.
Karen said: “We would like to say a special thank you to everyone for their kind donations towards the raffle and FSID, and to everyone who came on the night.
“Donations for the raffle came from all over and many, many shops in Belper donated.
“The money raised from the event will go towards further research into SIDS and help raise awareness to help avoid further cases of SIDS. Hopefully it will go to saving more babies in future.”
Daisy North, of FSID, said in a letter to Karen: “Thank you so much for all the work you put into fundraising in memory of your grandson Kyreece.”
Sue has also organised a ‘Mile in Memory’ of Kyreece at Carsington Water, near Wirksworth, on Sunday, May 29. If you want to donate or take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A woman who lost her baby to SIDS in 1972 is to join the walk.
l Kristian was a close friend of Tom Chandler, the 19-year-old Belper lad who died last month, and helped carry his coffin at his funeral on Thursday, March 24.