Bury St Edmunds couple host family fun day in memory of ‘perfect baby boy’

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A family fun day is being held to mark what would have been the fifth birthday of Jacqui and Lee Armstrong’s stillborn son.

The couple, from Bury St Edmunds, had 48 ‘precious, painful and bittersweet hours’ with their fourth child, Jacob Franklin Lee Armstrong, after he was born ‘sleeping’ on May 12, 2010.

They ‘tried to imprint every tiny detail of him to memory’ and say that leaving their ‘beautiful perfect baby boy’ behind when they left West Suffolk Hospital broke their hearts.

Often overwhelmed by the memory, they struggle most around the time of his birthday, which is why they are hosting Jacob’s Big Birthday Bash this year.

The family-friendly event will include bouncy castles, character appearances, face painting, cake stalls, fun craft activities and a raffle with prizes ranging from afternoon tea for four at The Angel Hotel to private skating lessons for four at CurveMotion.

Mrs Armstrong, 47, is hoping the event will help raise awareness of stillbirth and funds for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands.

She said: “Sands gives support and funds research into stillbirth. If we could help prevent parents from going through the unimaginable pain we went through, it would be a massive comfort and an amazing thing to do in Jacob’s name.”

Jacob’s Big Birthday Bash will take place at All Saints Church in Park Road, Bury, from 11am-4pm on May 2.

There will be a memory tree for families who have also lost children and want to remember them at the event.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Jacqui-Armstrong2

To find out more about the charity, go to www.uk-sands.org