THE MOTHER and grandfather of a young girl who sadly lost her life just a few months ago are organising a special walk in her memory to raise money for the baby hospice who provided invaluable care until her sudden death.
Jaime Sale, from Coundon, was cared for by nurses at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice until her sudden death in September 2015 at the age of five.
She was one of only six people in the UK with SMARD, a motor neurone disease that left her paralysed from the neck down and she required a ventilator to breathe.
Mother Sarah and grandfather Steve, are
now organising a ‘Memory Walk’ on July 2 to raise funds for the hospice based in Ash Green, Coventry.
The 13-mile walk will start at the Transport Museum in the city centre before passing the War Memorial Park and the outskirts of the City including Canley, Tile Hill, Eastern Green, Allesley Park, Holbrooks and finishing at the hospice.
“Jaime loved going to Zoë’s Place where she was treated like a Princess,” said Sarah. “The nurses gave Jaime such dedicated care and much needed respite for the family and we just want to give something back.
“We want to celebrate the life of Jaime, she gave us five wonderful years and for that we are truly grateful.
““We hope it will offer comfort to other families facing a similar tragedy and a time to share stories of our lost love ones, challenge ourselves and raise money to say thank you to Zoë’s Place for the great memories they gave our child and the support they gave to our whole family.
“Zoë’s Place gave her a safe environment to learn, play and socialise with other children and enabled Steve and I to have a little break from her intensive care and spend some quality time with Emily, Jaime’s younger sister.”
Jaime’s grandfather, Steve, is also raising funds for the charity by taking on the challenge of climbing to the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The 59-year-old said: “Bringing up a toddler with complex medical condition brings challenges every day 365 days a year, so I’m motivated by that and I want to raise as much as I can for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice because of the wonderful care they provided for Jaime and help them care for other babies and toddlers.”
Mick McCann, fundraising manager at Zoë’s Place, added: “We really rely on supporters to help us raise the £1.3m we need every year to keep the hospice open, every day, around the clock.
“Jaime touched us all and I think it’s a wonderful idea to celebrate her life with a memory walk.”
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WITH THANKS FROM ZOE’S PLACE…
• A Simply Red Tribute Night organised by Edwina Jones and held at Bell Green Club raised £1,000.
• Children from Revel Primary School in Monks Kirby raised £140 by making Christmas Tree Decorations and selling them to their family and friends.
• Roadchef Northampton, Tibshelf and Watford Gap have so far raised £873 from their service stations in just a few months after electing Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice as their chosen charity for the coming year.
• A Christmas Concert held at Christ the King Club in Coundon raised a magnificent amount of £1,000. Guests were entertained with songs and music from the City of Coventry Male Voice Choir and Silver Lining Ladies Barbershop Chorus.
• Zoe’s Place are extremely thankful to Karen Ashby and Anthony Chapman, as well as customers at the Griffin Inn on the outskirts of Bedworth for organising a Christmas Raffle which helped raise £2,520 for Zoe’s Place and children’s charity Wellchild.
• Every year Coventry couple Paul Grant and Richard Burbidge light up their house in Barker Butts Lane in Coundon with over 30,000 Christmas lights. Once again it attracted thousands of visitors and £8,000 was raised which will provide over 300 hours of nursing care for babies and much needed respite for their families.
• Friends Paula Bryson and Carly May, from Bedworth, have taken on a New Year’s resolution with a difference. The pair met at Bedworth Slimming World Group and they plan to walk 2016 miles in 2016.
• The boss of JLN Plumbing and Heating in Allesley Park, James Lacey, is organising a Charity Bike Ride called ‘Life’s a Gas’ which will coincide with the hospice’s Summer Fayre on June 18 and will offer distances of 25 and 50 miles.
• The charity has had a great response to their appeal for people to take on and ‘Do Summit Amazing’ by climbing to the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. There are still places for people to join the challenge from October 6-16.