Fundraising event in memory of child who died aged 13 months

Pixie Belle, who died aged 13 months. Picture submitted by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

Pixie Belle, who died aged 13 months. Picture submitted by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. - Credit: Archant

Parents from Poringland will be hosting a charity ball to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in honour of their daughter who passed away in 2010.

Emily and Oz Wilson's daughter Pixie Belle died from Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), aged 13 months on July 3, 2010.

Since then the parents have raised money continuously to fund research and help to support other families who find themselves in a similar situation.

The funds from this particular charity event will go towards refurbishing the parents room at the hospital's Buxton Ward, and also for new beds for parents staying overnight at the hospital with their children.

Mrs Wilson, who is an activities co-ordinator at a care home, said: 'Losing a child is the worst thing any parent can go through, and we chose to raise funds for the hospital charity because we wanted to support local families going through distressing times.

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'We have fundraised a lot in the past - however we thought it was time to do something a little more special.

'This year would have been Pixie's 8th birthday, and we wanted to hold a fundraising ball to mark it.'

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Louise Cook, the hospital's fundraising manager, said: 'We are very privileged that Emily and Oz have decided to raise money for Jenny Lind Children's Hospital, and the funds raised will go towards improving facilities for families who are going through very difficult times.'

Tickets for the event, on July 1 at the Army Reserve Centre on Aylsham Road in Norwich (7pm-midnight) are priced at £30 each or £200 for a table which can seat eight people.

The ticket will include a welcome drink, three-course meal, entertainment from bands, plus a late bar and disco. There will also be a raffle and an auction.

In addition to this event, the couple will also be organising a six-a-side football tournament on July 1, prior to the ball.

This will be held at Long Stratton Football Club and will be £15 to enter a team.

For more information on both events call 07856 704910 or email

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