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Family day fundraiser for cold cot equipment

By Claire Williamson

Fundraising efforts are taking place tomorrow in a bid to provide hospitals with equipment for families affected by stillborns.

The Marcus and Amanda Memorial Fund was set up originally in memory of Marcus Chapman, who was stillborn.

His mum Amanda sought to raise money to provide each hospital in Northern Ireland with a cold cot, but in August 2012 Amanda died at the age of 38.

The charity is now in memory of both mother and son.

A cold cot is a refrigerated tray that sits under the cot mattress so that the baby's body is kept cool. This means mum is able to stay with the baby while she is in hospital without the need for the body to be immediately sent to the mortuary.

The group hasn't reached charity status yet but is campaigning to help the many families affected by stillbirth across the country.

Tomorrow a family fun day at the Culloden Estate will be held from 11am and will include a balloon race, crafts and a reptile tent.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/pages/The-Marcus-Amanda-Memorial-Fund.

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