Bereaved parents will hold a 22-event fundraising marathon in memory of their daughter who tragically died, aged just 22 days.

Dalton couple Helen Gardner and Aaron Dawes are to hold 22 fundraising events from July 18 to August 8.

The events, which begin on Daisy’s birthday, will raise cash for Birmingham Children’s Hospital where the baby spent her all-too-short life.

Daisy Leigh Dawes was born at the hospital, on July 18, 2013, with two severe heart defects.

Daisy, who was born with severe heart defects and died after 22 days.
 

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is one of just two UK hospitals to offer the treatment Daisy needed.

But despite the specialist surgeons’ and nurses’ best efforts Daisy died after 22 unstable and emotional days.

Helen, 35, said: “Daisy touched a lot of people in her short life and was well known throughout the paediatric intensive care unit.

“It was so hard saying goodbye to Daisy but also hard leaving the hospital and the life we had known for the last 22 days.

“That time will stay with us forever.”

But Helen and Aaron decided the best way to cope with their grief was to raise cash for the hospital with an ambitious medley of fundraising events.

Events begin with Daisy’s Birthday Bash at Old Brodleians Rugby Club, Hipperholme, on July 18 (7pm), Daisy’s Duck Race, in Slaithwaite, on July 19 (11am) and Daisy’s Fun Skate, at Bradford Ice Arena on the same day (1pm to 4pm).

Friends and relatives of Daisy will be cycling from Birmingham Children’s Hospital to Huddersfield from July 18 to 20.

For a full list of events and more information visit: donatefordaisy.co.uk.

Helen said: “It’s very ambitious – probably too ambitious!

“But we’re confident we will raise some money and do some good.

“It’s been our way of coping over the last year.

“It’s motivated us to do something that good will come out of – and it’ll help us remember Daisy and keep us busy.”

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