Linnets kit manager charity mission
Wed 31st January 2018 | Runcorn Linnets | By Dave Bettley
Runcorn Linnets kit manager Jon Urquhart has launched a campaign to raise £1,000 for a charity, which is helping parents to cope with the death of a little one.
Within a few days, he is almost a quarter of the way to his target.
Jon will later this year take part in a sprint distance triathlon in memory of a close relative's son, and has set up a JustGiving page to support the charity 4Louis, which donates memory boxes for hospitals to give to families in cases of still birth, neo-natal, infant and child loss.
Jon explained: "On 22/1/2016, my amazing cousin Simon, and his lovely wife, Laura were devastated when their beautiful baby boy, Jarvis, was born sleeping.
"As a family we all rallied round and supported Simon and Laura through this tough time, as much as we could.
"This is how I have come to find out about 4Louis and the amazing and wonderful work they do, to help out families who find themselves in this awful position."
Through the charity's efforts, hospitals throughout the UK are provided with the boxes, so that grieving parents can find comfort in their memories.
Jon added: "The day we said our goodbyes to Jarvis, Simon told me he was fundraising for this great organisation, by competing in the Great North Run, which he duly completed, and I made a promise that day, that I would one day too raise funds to support the great thing 4Louis does.
"This week was Jarvis' 2nd birthday, and I am now ready - mentally if not yet physically! - to compete in a sprint distance triathlon, in September.
"I have never done a triathlon of any sort before so really don't know what to expect, but I will be giving my all to complete it, in memory of Jarvis.
"Anything you can donate would be fantastic, and even if you are unable to donate, please take a look below and see for yourself the wonderful things 4Louis do...£30 will provide one family with a memory box.
Each memory box contains:
· A clay impression kit, to capture an impression of babies hands and feet.
· Two teddies, one for baby and one for the family.
· A glass angel in a presentation box
· A candle, for a special occasion where the family may want to light it.
· A card, so the family can write a poem or letter to baby.
· A curl box, for a lock of baby's hair,
· An inkless wipe kit, to capture imprints of baby's hands and feet.
· A CD to keep baby's photographs safe A copy of a 'Guess How Much I Love You' book
Jarvis was posthumously named as the match ball sponsor for the Linnets’ recent first-team home game against Charnock Richard with his family taking on the sponsorship in his honour.
Jon's JustGiving page can be found by clicking here.
Jon is pictured below - photo courtesy of James Eastup.