Fun day in memory of Mia raises thousands

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A family fun day organised by a couple in memory of their stillborn baby girl has raised over £3700 to help other bereaved families.

Graham and Carolyn Sparks set about the event to help raise money for the Snowdrop Appeal which needs £120,000 to create a specialist suite within the maternity unit at Scarborough Hospital for parents who lose a child at birth.

Their daughter Mia was born sleeping on Christmas Eve last year but wanted to turn their devastating experience into something positive.

A fun day took place at Whitby Rugby Club on Sunday with hundreds of people turning out in support. There was an auction, tombola, raffle and children’s activities but local businesses also got involved by donating money and prizes.

Botham’s supplied bread for the barbecue free of charge, Trillo’s and Beacon Farm also donated ice-cream and Dents Events provided a bouncy castle.

Despite six months of planning Graham and Carolyn, of Northway, and son Keiron, were astounded by the success of the day.

Graham said: “It was the busiest I had ever seen the rugby club, we were totally overwhelmed and couldn’t believe the response. It was a fantastic day and better than we could have wished for. It was quite emotional when we let balloons off at towards the end of the day and handed them to others who had lost babies but that is what we wanted to do it for. And, it was worth it to see the amount of people smiling and the money was just a bonus.

“We couldn’t have done it without the Rugby Club. Pete, Emma and the staff worked so hard.”