Community helps family collect children’s gifts

Kim and Andrew Hunter are collecting gifts to send to Great Ormond Street for Rocco's Xmas Appeal. P

Kim and Andrew Hunter are collecting gifts to send to Great Ormond Street for Rocco's Xmas Appeal. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hundreds of sick children are set to benefit this Christmas after a community rallied round to help a family collect presents.

Andrew and Kim Hunter, who lost their son Rocco, aged 27 months, to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), want to give about 500 children a present this festive season.

Rocco Hunter died on July 9 after suffering a febrile convulsion – a seizure brought on by a spike in body temperature due to a virus – while asleep.

Following Rocco's death, the family launched a campaign 'Rocco's Legacy' to raise awareness of febrile convulsions.

As part of the campaign, which has already raised thousands of pounds, they invited kind-hearted well-wishers to the village hall in Castle Acre, near Swaffham, yesterday ?to donate presents.

The couple, who live in the village, want to give a brand new gift to every child in Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Evelina Hospital, both in London, and any children in refuges through Leeway domestic support.

Mrs Hunter, 32, said they had been 'overwhelmed by the generosity of people in Castle Acre and farther afield'.

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Of particular help were Helen Usher, Rossanne White and the Grace Seedlings toddler group, and the Grace community church, both in Stow Bridge. People can donate gifts until December 19.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Roccos-Legacy-1616025815319429/