Tragedy strikes for a second time

Jamie Bridges and Amy Wheeler with a picture of their baby girl who died prematurely in April, at just six months.
Jamie Bridges and Amy Wheeler with a picture of their baby girl who died prematurely in April, at just six months.
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A YOUNG couple from Bury St Edmunds are grieving the loss of their second baby in less than two years.

Amy Wheeler and Jamie Bridges, from the Mildenhall Road Estate, lost their little girl, Ruby, in April last year.

She was premature at just 25 weeks and weighed 470 grams – just over 1lb.

After six months of fighting, she died in her mum’s arms.

Then, in September this year, tragedy struck again when the couple’s nine-day-old son Freddie gave up his ‘brave fight’.

He was born weighing 3lb 7oz but diagnosed, amongst other things, with liver failure.

“To lose one child must be devastating, to lose two is absolutely unimaginable and the pain that Amy, Jamie and their families have gone through is something that no-one should have to endure,” said family friend Michelle Robshaw.

When Ruby passed away, Amy and Jamie were in need of a break and had hoped to go to New York, but were unable to afford it.

Now, after the grief of losing their second child, Amy’s mum, Jenny, is determined to raise enough money to make that trip possible and give the couple some much-needed quality time together.

And to get the ball rolling, Michelle and her husband Paul are organising a bingo night fund-raiser at Howard Primary School, where Jenny and Michelle both work.

It will take place on November 19 and cost £1 entry, with a fish or sausage supper available.

Michelle said: “We are asking the public to support us in any way they can, whether it is a raffle prize, attending the bingo evening or just a straight forward donation.

“Every penny we raise will go towards sending Amy and Jamie to New York. Although we appreciate times are tough for all of us, we hope you will find it in your heart to help.”

To reserve tickets or make a donation, call Michelle on 01284 752865 or 07767 603937.