Mum raising money in memory of Macy

Katrina Baker is making a calender of babies who have been in the special care unit in memory of her daughter Macy
Katrina Baker is making a calender of babies who have been in the special care unit in memory of her daughter Macy
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A mum whose daughter died from a rare condition is to hold a fundraising event in honour of her little girl.

Katrina Baker will host a Ladies’ Night at the Grampian Club in Corby next month.

She lost her 22-month-old daughter Macy in March 2008.

The youngster had Patau’s syndrome which left her blind, deaf, with kidney and brain abnormalities and severe lung disease.

After she died her mum set up a not-for-profit organisation called Macy’s Memory which raises cash for families struggling to afford gravestones for their children who have died from terminal illnesses.

She has already raised £2,500 and has helped four families to fund memorials, but now she wants to double that total so that the organisation can gain charitable status.

Katrina, 32, from Selsey Road, Corby, said: “It took me a long time after Macy’s death to be in the right frame of mind for us to push for charitable status but now we have so much support that it’s time to try and raise the money.

“I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers and people on Facebook.

“One man has even started up a nappy recycling scheme and has signed up 34 local families to raise money. He’s already given us £325.

“We’ve been able to help four families already.

“The last thing you need to be thinking about when a child dies is how to pay for the headstone, so it’s nice to be able to help people who are in a similar position to the one we were in four years ago.”

Macy was born in Kettering General Hospital in 2006 and her illness came as a complete shock to the family.

Mrs Baker, who has three older children has gone on to have twin boys since Macy’s death.

Tickets for the Ladies’ Night are £8 or £10 on the door. It takes place on Friday, September 21, at the Grampian Club in Patrick Road. For tickets, call Katrina on 07723 786568.

For more information visit www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Patau’s-Syndrome.htm