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Couple hand over cheque to hospital which helped them after death of baby daughter

Sammie and Craig Cheque presentation
A Bury St Edmunds couple have presented a cheque to the hospital that helped them after the death of their baby daughter.

Craig and Sammie Palmer visited the West Suffolk Hospital to hand over a cheque of £1,076.22 to the My WiSH Charity.

Grave croppedThe money was predominantly raised by Craig who released a song about the tragedy of losing his daughter, Lola, 12 hours after she was born prematurely.

The thirty-two-year-old said: “The song has done really well and I am surprised how much money it has made.

“I used to write a lot of songs and record them when I was younger but that kind of tailed off when I started work.

“I wanted to do something as a way of giving back something to the neonatal ward who helped us so much and wanted to do something different. A lot of people do marathons to raise money and I thought that I would do a song and I got a great response from it.”

Sally Daniels, the appeals manager for My WiSH, said: “It is fantastic, they have been through a tough time but it is terrific that they’re going to help other families. It is incredible what he has done through music and we can’t thank them enough.”

The total raised was £2,152.44, which Craig and Sammie, 28, equally donated to the West Suffolk Hospital and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where Lola was also cared for.

Craig and Girls

The couple, who live on the Howard Estate and have daughters Lily-Mae, aged four, and Mia-Rose, three, were keen to raise money for the neonatal units at both hospitals for the exemplary care they provided.

Craig said: “I wanted to make people more aware of it because it was something I did not expect to happen to us.

“I have tried to make it as honest and as real as possible. It feels like I have achieved something in Lola’s name and is something I am proud of. Although her life was short, she will always have a special place in our hearts.

“We had so much support from both hospitals,” said Mr Palmer.

The song is a tribute to Lola and the events that occurred at the time and is still available to listen to on Facebook here

And if you still want to donate click here

Written by Russell Cook

Pictured: Craig Palmer and his wife Sammie with the cheque for the My WiSH Charity.


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