Family's efforts boost charity

A LOVING mum has paid a fitting tribute to her tragic baby daughter by raising money to help other children with heart conditions.

A LOVING mum has paid a fitting tribute to her tragic baby daughter by raising money to help other children with heart conditions.

Bridie Crowley, of King's Way, lost little Jazlyn Beall after the 14-month-old was diagnosed with congenital heart disease.

Despite still being wracked with the dreadful loss of her youngest child, Miss Crowley rallied together a group of fundraisers for not one, but two charity events to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Miss Crowley, 25, organised a sponsored walk and bike ride to mark Jazlyn's second birthday and show gratitude for the treatment she received at The Evelina Children's Hospital at Guy's and St Thomas' in London before her sad death in August.

Her mother and father, Jason Beall, 28, brought her ashes home to be with her two brothers, Cory, six, and Archie, five, and five-month-old sister, Shiane.

More than 50 people turned out at St Matthews Street, in Ipswich, to walk the three miles through town and on to Miss Crowley's home.

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Meanwhile cyclists rode from Ipswich to Felixstowe and back again to raise even more money for the charity.

Miss Crowley said: “Lots of friends and family came along, including children as young as two.

“So far we have raised �800 for BHF but there is more sponsorship from the local community to come.

“I would like to thank everyone who came and took part and everyone who sponsored us for the walk and the bike ride. The walk took us an hour-and-a-half so everyone did really well.

“I really wanted to do something for the charity after I lost my Jazlyn.”

Miss Crowley organised the sponsored bike and cycle with the help of her mother, Trina Crowley, 49, and her 12-year-old niece Lowyn Marsh.

There was also a disco at the Rivers Social Club in Landseer Road. The club offered the use of the building free of charge and the DJ on the night also performed for free.

You can still sponsor the event or donate to the British Heart Foundation, by calling Miss Crowley on 07968 536146.

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