Grieving Burry Port couple launch cot death awareness drive
A BURRY Port couple have channelled the grief of losing their first child into raising awareness of cot deaths.
Christopher Hampson and his partner Stephanie Williams, of Heol Elfed, were devastated when their daughter Chloe died at just 10 weeks old this summer.
Appearing to be a healthy baby, there were no signs to predict the tragedy, and the couple now aim to raise awareness of sudden infant death syndrome in the hope of preventing another family suffering the loss of a child.
"Chloe was just about 10 weeks old and she was healthy as far as we know," Mr Hampson said.
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"The coroner said there was no reason that they could find, so they are just putting it down to sudden infant death syndrome.
"She hadn't had any other health problems, and unfortunately nobody knows what causes it — that's what makes it so hard."
The pair have organised a sponsored Snowdon trek on September 29, which they hope will raise at least £1,000 for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
And Mr Hampson added that the challenge was giving him something positive to focus his efforts on.
"It is helping me to know that we can perhaps help the charity and other people who have been through the same thing," he said.
"Hopefully we can raise money in time that might be able to find out what causes it and reduce numbers even more.
"In the early 1990s there were 3,000 cot deaths a year, then Anne Diamond had a campaign and it went down to 300 a year.
"Hopefully by raising money for the charity we can help more research be carried out into the causes.
"This is the first thing we have done, but we would like to be able to do more to raise awareness of the foundation."
Mr Hampson added that every pound raised for the foundation will help not only to fund research into cot deaths, but to support grieving families.
"It is a really good charity because they try to do everything," he said.
"They offer advice on how to reduce the risks of cot deaths, and they also have support groups and counselling for parents."
To donate to the cause, and to help the study of sudden infant death, visit www.justgiving. com/chloe-hampson.