Skydive and run in memory of twins

Balloon release and charity run in memory of Claire Bardsley's two baby sons who died 18 years ago.   Pictured outisde the church in Cotton.   Claire is in the centre, with Bindy Price and Sheila Gauld (correct), from the neonatal department at Ipswich hospital.
Balloon release and charity run in memory of Claire Bardsley's two baby sons who died 18 years ago. Pictured outisde the church in Cotton. Claire is in the centre, with Bindy Price and Sheila Gauld (correct), from the neonatal department at Ipswich hospital.

A WOMAN has raised about £1,600 from a skydive and charity run to mark the 18th birthday of her twin sons who died as infants.

Claire Bardsley, 36, plunged 13,000ft at Beccles Airfield and organised a 10-mile run in aid of Ipswich Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

The events were held in memory of her sons Jordan and Joshua Hales, who passed away aged just two days and 17 days respectively after they were born prematurely. They are buried at Cotton Church, where the run started following the launch of 36 balloons. About 29 people – with the majority from Stowmarket Striders – took part and finished at Stowmarket Leisure Centre.

Two special care nurses, who looked after the twins, attended the run’s launch.

The balloons were donated by WM Smith, of Middlewood Green, and the runners wore T-shirts from Hudson Signs, in Needham Market.

Mrs Bardsley said: “A huge thanks to everyone involved.”