Anguish inspires Bubble Rush effort
A West Norfolk family has signed up to take part in a Lynn fundraiser next month in support of the charity which helped them in their darkest hour.
Karyn and Daniel Hardy, from Dersingham, say they did not know how to go on after their baby daughter, Mercedes, died just a week after being born last year.
But they are now preparing to take part in Lynn’s Bubble Rush next month in aid of the East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH).
And Karyn believes their support has been vital in helping the family come to terms with their loss.
She said: “If we didn’t have EACH, I don’t think we’d be able to carry on with our lives.”
Karyn and Daniel, who already have two children, eight-year-old Alexus and six-year-old Leon, had their world turned upside down when they were told that Mercedes’ vital organs were shutting down.
She also had Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, a rare developmental disorder which is estimated to affect one in 20,000 to 60,000 newborns, and a cleft lip and palate which meant she could not lay on her back.
Karyn said: “We were in disbelief and absolutely devastated, not understanding how such a beautiful, content, little baby could have so many problems and that there was nothing that could be done to help her.
“Our whole world had just fallen apart and been shattered. We didn’t know how to go on.”
Following Mercedes’ death, EACH supported the family with counselling, precious mementoes of Mercedes and the chance for Alexus and Leon to take part in bereavement sessions for youngsters.
They, together with Karyn’s parents, Dawn and Iain, and Daniel’s mum, Kim, and sister, Amy, are now preparing to take part in EACH’s Lynn Bubble Rush 5k fun run at the Walks on Sunday, June 16, to raise funds for the charity.
Karyn said: “EACH has made a fantastic and positive impact on our lives. When any positives have been hard to find, the support has been amazing.
“We’re all taking part in memory of our angel Mercedes and to give a massive thank you to EACH for all their support.
“We’re looking forward to it very much as it’ll not only be fun, but also our chance to give something back.”
Around 750 people have already signed up to take part and places are currently available at prices of £20 for those aged 16 and over, £9 for children, £55 for families of at least two adults and two children, and £18 per person for teams of six people or more.
Those prices will go up to £24, £10, £62 and £22 respectively once 1,000 tickets have been sold.
For more information, visit www.each.org.uk/bubblerush.
Online registration will close at midnight on June 13.