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Couple net cash for stillborn babies charity

PRECIOUS MEMORIES ...Kathryn and Neil Crammon have been raising more for the charity ever since their son Ryan was tragically stillborn in November 2013.

PRECIOUS MEMORIES ...Kathryn and Neil Crammon have been raising more for the charity ever since their son Ryan was tragically stillborn in November 2013.

A TEAM of netball players were hoping to score some charity cash when they took part in a fundraising tournament.

The South Tyneside Charity Netball Tournament took place on Saturday at Harton Technology College, in South Shields.

It saw people of all abilities come together to enjoy the game and raise funds for charity 4Louis, which supports families who suffer the trauma of stillbirth and neonatal death.

The event, which raised more than £1,000, was organised by Kathryn and Neil Crammon, whose son Ryan was tragically stillborn in November 2013.

Since then the South Shields couple, both 28, have helped to raise money alongside family and friends for 4Louis.

Kathryn, is a lifelong netballer and has been a member of South Shields Netball Club, Speedwell for more than 10 years.

4Louis uses the funds it raises to provide memory boxes for parents who experience this kind of loss.

Kathryn said: “We weren’t aware that we were going to have a stillbirth.

“The midwives and other staff at South Tyneside Hospital were marvellous and they gave us a memory box, which 4Louis had provided, and we have found that has been a real comfort because it has helped us to create some precious memories.”

Kathryn, a nurse, and her husband, a plumber, said that the memory box is a constant source of comfort.

It contains items including a clay impression kit and an inkless wipe kit to capture impressions of the baby’s hands and feet, two teddy bears, boxes for the hospital identity bracelet and a lock of the baby’s hair, and a CD for safe storage of photographs.

Saturday’s fundraising event also included raffles and stalls, and welcomed people to come along and watch the tournament.

For more details on the charity, go to www.4louis.co.uk

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