A grieving family have raised thousands of pounds for charity in memory of their ‘beautiful baby boy’.
Jacqui and Lee Armstrong’s stillborn son, Jacob Franklin Lee Armstrong, was the inspiration behind a fun family day held at All Saint’s Church, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday.
Named Jacob’s Big Birthday Bash in honour of their son’s upcoming fifth birthday, the special event raised an impressive £2,857 for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands.
“It was an amazing day, it far exceeded all I dreamed it would be,” said Jacqui, adding how grateful she was to her ‘dearest friend’, Michele Green, for ‘coming up with the idea’ and everyone else who worked so hard alongside her to make sure it was a ‘fabulous’ success.
Bouncy castles, character appearances, face painting, craft activities, a raffle and cake stalls all played a part in the fund-raiser, with a memory tree - designed to allowed couples to honour the children they had lost - a significant feature.
Jacqui said: “The memory tree was the centre of our event, it is beautiful.
“It will remain on my dining table until May 12th, Jacob’s fifth birthday, when all the little stars will be tied to balloons and released.”
“It was a truly magical day and I think we did our little boy proud,” she added.
Anyone wanting to donate can do so at www.justgiving.com/Jacqui-Armstrong2
To find out more about the charity, visit www.uk-sands.org