Fundraising event in memory of Norwich baby

A fundraising evening is being held in memory of a little girl who died just four days after she was born.

Tamzin Skillings's arrival at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital last month should have been a source of joy and celebration.

But when her mother, Joanne Kane, suffered complications during labour, medical staff discovered that the umbilical cord had become tangled around Tamzin's neck while she was in the womb, and she was born with severe brain damage.

Joanne, 31, and her partner, Lee Skillings, 29, then faced an agonising few days before they came to the heartbreaking decision to allow doctors to switch off their daughter's life-support machine – ending her life less than a week before Christmas.

After Tamzin's funeral, Joanne's sister Jennifer, 27, decided that something positive should be done to ensure that her short life was commemorated, and so she began planning a fundraising event.

With help from friends, she has organised an evening of music at the Royal Standard pub in Denmark Road, Lowestoft, on January 22, with the proceeds going to East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) and the intensive care baby unit at the Norfolk & Norwich.

'This Christmas was a terrible time for obvious reasons,' said Jennifer, of Wollaston Road, Lowestoft.

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'Joanne and Lee went through such a traumatic time. I can't imagine what it must have been like having to come to that decision to turn off the Tamzin's life-support machine.'

She added: 'Throughout this time I felt pretty useless and just wanted to do something to help, something positive, so that's where the idea of the fundraising event came from.'

The fundraising event will get under way at 8pm, and will include karaoke and a disco. There will be a buffet and a raffle with prizes that include tickets to Pleasurewood Hills and to see Lowestoft Town FC.