A Wickhambrook family have thanked parents at the village’s primary school for hosting a fund-raising evening which raised more than £2,100 in memory of their baby boy.
Dean and Luci Morton lost their baby Jacob in February after finding out that his heart had stopped beating during a 37-week scan.
This prompted doctors to carry out an emergency caesarian to save his twin brother Isaac. Isaac is now 14 weeks old and the couple have said the strength of their family - which includes seven-year-old daughter Daisy and four-year-old son Jensen - has kept them going.
Recalling the time they were told Jacob’s heart had stopped, Dean said: “Our world had just ended, nothing anyone could say or do could take away the pain and the heartbreaking news we had just heard.
“I cuddled Luci and held her as tight as I could - I wanted to take away the pain from her, but I knew I couldn’t.
“We both cried for what seemed like forever.”
The family have paid tribute to the delivery suite at West Suffolk Hospital and the support of friends after Bex Newell, and a number of parents at Wickhambrook Primary School, put on a fund-raising evening for the hospital’s bereavement suite.
The evening raised more than £2,100 through a raffle, tombola and auction.
Dean and Luci were able to use a cuddle cot at the hospital, paid for by the My WiSH charity, to allow them to spend some time with Jacob.
“It is not something I had heard of,” said Dean, “but it without it we would not have been able to spend so much time and get so many memories of our amazing and beautiful little Jacob.”
The couple wanted to thank everyone involved in the school’s fund-raising event.