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Parents help others after tragedy

PUBLISHED: 11:43 28 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:15 03 March 2010

TWO years after Cheryl and Andrew Peachey lost their baby son Keiryn who was stillborn, they have rallied to support other bereaved parents.

Many friends and family turned out in support of the couple, at a charity disco they organised and a whopping £825 was raised.

TWO years after Cheryl and Andrew Peachey lost their baby son Keiryn who was stillborn, they have rallied to support other bereaved parents.

Many friends and family turned out in support of the couple, at a charity disco they organised and a whopping £825 was raised.

The event was held at the Locomotive Working Men's Club, off Wherstead Road, in aid of the Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) charity.

Mrs Peachey from Beverley Road, Ipswich said the charity receives little funding.

She said: "The reason that we chose SANDS to benefit from the evening, was simply because they are a unique charity that offers telephone support to bereaved parents when their baby dies at birth or soon after. Consequently they also offer emotional support to bereaved parents when another pregnancy arises.

"Sadly though, the charity receives no government funding and relies solely on public donations to keep the service going."

When little Keiryn died the couple were heartbroken and SANDS was there for them whenever they needed them.

Mrs Peachey said: "Since then with their support and help we have gone on to have another son called Lochlyn who is now three months old and I suppose at the end of the day, we all just wanted to pull together and do something positive which in the long run will hopefully help others.

The Peacheys' friends Terry and Trisha Pearce, Adrian and Caroline Austin, Val and Chris Garrett and Julie and Steve Handford, all helped to organise the event, by phoning round and getting raffle prizes.

Department stores donated raffle prizes for the disco and £250 was raised in raffle tickets.

More than 100 people crammed into the hall and it is hoped that there should be another event next year.

WEBLINK: www.uk-sands.org

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