PARENTS of a three-year-old who died of pneumonia hope to establish a charity to support other bereaved parents.
And the Joseph Salmon Trust (JST) has received its first official sponsor from Fixby nursery Bella Bambino.
Joseph died suddenly at his Marsh home in 2005.
Now parents Neil and Rachael Salmon, 31 and 32, from Marsh, hope to raise £5,000 – the amount needed to become a registered charity.
The Trust hopes to provide financial support for parents in the HD postcode area who have lost a child.
Bella Bambino, where Joseph’s two sisters Lydia and Eve attend, held a doctors and nurses day for staff on Friday. The nursery has held social evenings and a Bonfire Night supper to raise further cash for the Trust.
And Bella Bambino hopes to hold future fundraisers including a ladies shoe and handbag evening.
With additional donations from ITV, St Stephen’s Church in Lindley, and All About Flowers in Marsh the Trust has raised around £4,000.
Mr Salmon, an ITV technician, said: “There are quite a few counselling charities out there but there isn’t much to help with the financial side of a child’s death.
“Obviously, a child’s death is not something you expect and many parents have got into debt because they want to give their child the best possible funeral.
“So we hope to be there to pay for things like headstones and funeral expenses.
“It’s great to have Bella Bambino’s support. Children love getting involved with fundraising events.”
JST hope to hold a charity screening of Back to the Future at Huddersfield Odeon next year together with a fundraiser walk from Ilkley in North Yorkshire to Windermere.