King’s Lynn fundraisers are getting in GEAR to ease the pain for bereaved parents

GEAR Charity Runners 2015'LtoR, Claire Manning-Coe (Running for Hanna's Gift), Lisa Addis (Running for Cuddle Cot QEH) ANL-150113-161112009
GEAR Charity Runners 2015'LtoR, Claire Manning-Coe (Running for Hanna's Gift), Lisa Addis (Running for Cuddle Cot QEH) ANL-150113-161112009

A fundraiser is Gear-ing up to take part in this year’s 10k race around Lynn to raise vital funds for stillbirth support at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Lisa Addis, aged 29, of South Lynn has decided to complete the 10k run to raise money for a cuddle cot.

The cuddle cot will be donated in memory of all the losses of stillbirths through the organisation Harrison’s Hear the Heartbeat Awareness”.

The cot is a medical piece of equipment which acts as a refrigerated bassinet to prevent the need for the child to be taken away to the morgue after delivery.

A cuddle cot costs some £1,500 so Lisa and Michelle Rodd, who runs the charity, have set themselves high fundraising goals.

Lisa said: “The cause is worth every penny and I’m determined to raise as much as possible.”

Last year she raised more than £200 for her local Scout group.

The year before, she raised more than £600 for West Norfolk Young Carers.

Recently a close friend of Lisa’s lost her son and this was how she knew about the organisation.

That friend, Claire Manning-Coe, had no awareness of the cuddle cots at the time of her tragic bereavement and believes they would have been such a comfort.

Claire is also participating in this year’s 10k GEAR run for a separate organisation named, Hana’s Gift, which supports bereaved parents in Norfolk.

Hana’s Gift has been extremely helpful towards Claire. The charity funded the headstone for Claire’s son’s grave.

Claire said: “Hana’s Gift was so good to me and I really wanted to give something back.”