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Death of baby Leo inspires parents to lend a helping hand

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson

  • James Raine and Jodie Anderson with Lily, 3, and Lola, 5 months old

  • Baby Leo died four days old

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WHEN baby Leo died after just four days, his parents James Raine and Jodie Anderson were devastated.

But dealing with his death in November 2012 was made a little easier with the help and support of the Scoo-B-Doo charity which operates out of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Scoo-B-Doo was established in 1982 by a small group of grateful parents, doctors and nurses. The charity supports the Neonatal Unit in caring for sick and premature babies.

But their support for James and Jodie, from Hucclecote, continued after Leo’s death, right until today.

Now the couple want to repay them by raising money through a fun day.

James said: “They helped us through everything. They just made it easier for us to deal with. Now we want to give something back to them.”

Jodie added: “The things they need don’t come cheap. They don’t have any public funding either so they rely on charitable support.”

Leo died aged just four days old, after he had been born 11 weeks premature. His parents were faced with the unimaginable task of saying their last goodbye to their new arrival.

The couple have since turned their lives around and welcomed their new, healthy daughter Lola into the world five months ago.

“She’s absolutely beautiful,” said Jodie. “I have my older daughter Lily too, who is three now. We’ve told her about Leo so she knows about him.

“Now we just want to make sure there is that support for any couples who have to go through what we have.”

The fun day will take place on Saturday, July 26 at the Hucclecote Community Centre, where James works.

Visitors will be treated to a barbecue, cake stalls, face painting, a magician and auction from noon until around 7pm.

Before the fun day begins, Jodie will be enlisting the help of friends to take part in a charity walk from Hucclecote to Gloucester city centre – and back in time for the event to begin.

James will take part in a 24-hour darts challenge which will finish at around 3pm. He will be hoping visitors will spur him on in the final hours of his challenge.

The couple are also looking for people or businesses who can donate prizes or get involved on the day. To help out call James on 07588 963905.

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