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In loving memory of baby Jayden

05 March 2012

Fundraising

Little Jayden Roddy lived just over one hour after being born prematurely last June. But the legacy of the much-loved little boy will live on, thanks to the generosity and energy of his grieving parents, Marie and Alex.

The couple, from Canvey, have thrown themselves into holding a whole series of fundraising events to help ease the suffering of other heartbroken parents.

In just eight months they have collected more than £1,600 which has already bought a special cold cot (renamed 'Jayden's cuddle cot') for the maternity unit atSouthendUniversityHospital. The portable cooling insert can be placed into any Moses basket to cool the baby following death, enabling parents and relatives to spend more time together as a family.

But they are not stopping there. Marie and Alex, a locksmith, who have two other sons, Mason, eight and Mitchel, five, have vowed to keep up their efforts 'forever and a day'.

Already they have held a psychic fair, quiz night, race night and Christmas fete.

Marie, who works for an insurance company, said: "We have had so much support and would like to thank all the family, friends and unknown well-wishers for helping us to get this far."

Next on their shopping list are bigger and better memory boxes for bereaved families to protect their precious keepsakes like foot and hand impressions, candles, blankets and 'journey bears' - a pair of identical bears, one of which goes in the baby's coffin while the other remains with the parents. And they are determined to fund more 'cuddle cots'.

Marie said: "We started to look at cots before Jayden's funeral. We just wanted to do something for the hospital. Everyone was so brilliant and we wanted to give something back."

Jayden's special cot will prevent other couples having to keep going to the mortuary to see their precious baby if the Butterfly bereavement suite at the hospital is already in use.

Amanda Cushing said: "As a bereavement support midwife, I feel very lucky to receive these donations. We are fortunate to have so many generous people in our community who wish to bring comfort and support to other parents when they are faced with the death of a baby. Equipment like this enables us to provide a better service at such a difficult time. The central delivery suite would like to say a big thank you to Marie and Alex for all their hard work."