Grieving parents step out in memory of baby daughter
A GRIEVING couple have found some comfort after raising almost £4,000 in memory of their late daughter.
Simon Bowen and Fiona Maxwell of Killay lost their daughter Lilli Louise within days of her birth following complications resulting from a ruptured umbilical chord.
The couple were grateful, however for the efforts of staff at Singleton Hospital's special care baby unit and set about raising money to help the unit and other families.
They organised a Love for Lilli sponsored walk along the Swansea seafront to Mumbles and back, complete with the release of 100 pink balloons opposite the hospital where their daughter had been treated.
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Mum, Fiona Maxwell, said afterwards: "The Love for Lilli charity walk that took place on Sunday, June 24, was a great success.
"Eighty-five people turned up to take part in the walk and raised £3,690 for Singleton's Special Care Baby Unit,'' she went on.
"We started the walk at the Civic Centre at noon and returned at 5pm.
"We stopped halfway and released 100 balloons up in memory of baby Lilli Louise. The nurses who took care of Lilli while she was in SCBU watched from the hospital as they floated up high."
Dad Simon Bowen added: "There are so many people to thank, not least Cartridge World in Swansea who gave us a printer and unlimited ink to enable us to run the fundraising, as well as all those who took part or donated.
"Through the pregnancy you have you future role in your mind, but when something like this happens it is taken away from you.
"It is a lonely place, but we have each other and the support of our families, as well as the charity to focus on."