A GRIEVING South Tyneside mum has praised charity champs for staging a highly-successful event in memory of her baby girl.
Jasmine Salkeld was just a few hours old when she tragically died at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The baby’s death sparked a recent fundraising night at the Iona Club, Hebburn, which raised £800 for Sands, the national stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Jasmine’s mum, Lisa Salkeld, has thanked John Stewart and Mark Young, owners of ID Hair salon, in Coniston Avenue, Hebburn, for staging the event.
Mrs Salkeld, 40, of Hebburn, and husband, Andrew, 34, who have three sons, are still getting over the loss of their baby girl last August.
But they say the charity efforts of the Hebburn hairdressers, plus family and friends, have helped them greatly.
Mrs Salkeld said: “Jasmine died after she was born prematurely and it is taking Andrew and I some time to get over that.
“I hadn’t thought about fundraising for Sands until John and Mark at ID Hair suggested holding a charity night, which I attended, and which was really successful, raising £800.
“Both John and Mark know my mam, Carole, who uses the salon and other friends, and they are always raising money for charity.
“After that, I started raising money online for Sands and have collected £300 so far, so the total, together with the charity night, is now £1,100, which is fantastic.
“I really must thank John and Mark, plus everyone else who has given us such great support.”
Every day in the UK, a total of 17 babies are either stillborn or die shortly after birth.
Sands uses donated funds for research into the causes of stillbirth and neonatal deaths, aiming to reduce the number of baby deaths.
John Stewart of ID Hair said: “We know Lisa’s mum, Carole, and were more than happy to hold the charity event at the Iona Club for Sands, which was a smashing night.
“We had great support from the club committee and a top-class band, called Fate, provided the music.
“Mark and I have raised about £150,000 for various charities over the last 10 or 12 years, but this is the first time we have supported Sands.”
Mrs Salkeld is continuing to raise money for Sands and people can make donations by visiting www.justgiving.com/lisa-salkeld