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Fundraiser in memory of tragic Scarlett from Bournemouth
TICKETS are still available for a fundraising event being held in memory of a Bournemouth baby.
Ashleigh Meek aims to raise as much money as possible for research into congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) following the death of her daughter at just one day old.
Little Scarlett died at Southampton Hospital in October and Ashleigh, 21, of Jewell Road, Townsend threw herself into fund raising for research into the condition.
CDH stops a baby’s diaphragm forming properly, causing the stomach to enter the chest cavity and restrict the development of the lungs.
A fun day will be held at Moordown Conservative Club in Balfour Road on Saturday February 2 and Ashleigh is selling tickets, at £5 each, to the event.
Celebrity Ray Quinn will attend and there will be face painting, dancers, stalls, a raffle, auction and a magician. The fun starts at 4pm.
Individuals and companies have donated prizes including tickets to local attractions and items singed by celebrities including Rita Ora and David Essex will also be up for grabs. Other prizes include a signed football flag from Southampton FC; a term’s worth of training with Chelsea FC for a child aged 4-13; a 42-inch TV; an iPod; and signed items from John Bishop and Elton John.
The prizes add up to an estimated £3,000 in value and strips of tickets cost £2.50.
CDH affects one in 2,500 babies but it not a well-known condition. Any money raised will be given to CDH UK which ultimately aims to find a cure.
Ashleigh said she and Scarlett’s dad, Shane Gollop, discovered there were difficulties at a 15-week scan.
“We had never heard of CDH and we decided then that we would try to raise money for research” she said. “If we can raise money for the charity it might help other people in the future.
“A lot of people have offered to help.”
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