Charity fund-raiser was labour of love for Sarah

Sarah Sadler went into labour during the charity event that she organised with her sister at the Metcalf Arms in Hawstead.

Sarah Sadler went into labour during the charity event that she organised with her sister at the Metcalf Arms in Hawstead.

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A WOMAN has given birth to a baby boy after going into labour during a charity event raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each).

The fun day was held by the family of little Aimee Sigley who died last March, aged seven, from a brain tumour.

Her family received help and support from the Milton hospice run by Each and organised the day at the Metcalf Arms in Hawstead raising £478.79 .

Sarah Sadler, 22, landlady of the Metcalf Arms, was hosting the event at the pub to raise money for the children’s charity. But soon after it opened Sarah started getting contractions.

Her baby was already 10 days late,and was due to be induced two days later, but determined Sarah refused to leave until the charity event was over – and even manned the barbecue.

That night Sarah gave birth to baby Paddy at 5.50am the next morning.

Sarah said: “It was a family fun day to raise money for charity – we had a barbecue, a bouncy castle and an Easter egg hunt.

“It is my first baby but I knew what was happening – I just didn’t want to make a big deal out of it.

“Everyone kept saying ‘you’re in labour, get to the hospital’ but I wanted to see the day out.

“I just carried on with the event, flipping burgers on the barbecue and serving drinks.

“When I did the raffle everyone had to stop so I could read them out between contractions.”

Aimee’s family were supported by many local businesses who generously gave prizes and her older brother Thomas won tickets for himself and three friends to CurveMotion.