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Bourne couple’s thanks for support after tragic loss




Almost 100 people take part in a walk through Bourne Wood to raise money for the Lullaby Trust in memory of Madaline Dickens, who died of sudden infant death syndrome. EMN-150708-135655001
Almost 100 people take part in a walk through Bourne Wood to raise money for the Lullaby Trust in memory of Madaline Dickens, who died of sudden infant death syndrome. EMN-150708-135655001

A couple who lost their three-week-old baby to sudden infant death syndrome have thanked those who turned out for a charity walk.

Naomi Vergette and Chris Dickens, from Bourne, decided to support the Lullaby Trust after the help it gave them following death of their daughter Madaline Dickens in October.

Naomi Vergette and Chris Dickens, from Bourne, decided to support the Lullaby Trust after the help it gave them following death of their daughter Madaline Dickens in October 2014. EMN-151008-094246001
Naomi Vergette and Chris Dickens, from Bourne, decided to support the Lullaby Trust after the help it gave them following death of their daughter Madaline Dickens in October 2014. EMN-151008-094246001

They were put in touch with the trust, which offers support for families and conducts research into safer sleep for babies, by hospital staff. And for Naomi and Chris, who were feeling alone and in the dark, the support was invaluable.

Naomi, 26, said: “You can speak to a befriender who is a person who has been through it in the past. You can go through your experience.

“It’s for comfort more than anything, and to know that you are not the only ones. It’s such a long process and it’s just nice to know that people have been through similar. It’s not just you in the dark.”

To raise money for the trust and spread the word about its good work, Naomi and Chris organised a walk through Bourne Wood. They were delighted when almost 100 people turned up.

The Hare and Hounds at Haconby, run by Naomi’s grandmother Mary Holmes, put on food afterwards. The Red Lion in Bourne also held an event. So far almost £7,000 has been raised. Naomi said: “I just want to thank everyone for their support.”

You can donate to the charity at www.lullabytrust.org.uk/make-a-donation.



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