Family whose son died four days after birth raise funds to pay for day’s care for other children by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Parents Claire and Simon Nicholl, of Eaton, with their young son Harrison Nicholl who died aged four

Parents Claire and Simon Nicholl, of Eaton, with their young son Harrison Nicholl who died aged four days. - Credit: Archant

A family will pay for a day of care for children with terminal illnesses as a tribute to their own son who died four days after being born.

Ever since Harrison Nicholl died in 2010, following brain damage sustained during his birth, parents Claire and Simon Nicholl, and their daughter, Emily, have been fundraising in his memory to give something back to the organisations that helped them through the traumatic time.

Mr and Mrs Nicholl both received counselling from East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) after Harrison's death.

EACH supports children with terminal illnesses and their families, and is fundraising to build a new £10m centre at Framingham Earl.

On Saturday, which would have been Harrison's sixth birthday, they will donate £5,300 of more than £30,000 raised overall to provide a full day of services, care, and support from EACH to other children and families across Norfolk.


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Mrs Nicholl said: 'By supporting EACH we know that other families in the same situation as us will continue to receive the help that we valued so much.'

The family has raised £31,618 in Harrison's memory through sponsored walks, a bicycle ride to China, and a charity ball.

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Aside from the £5,300 spent tomorrow, the rest of the money raised will be split between EACH and the neo-natal intensive care unit at the N&N, where Harrison was treated during his short life.

Mrs Nicholl added: 'The sessions with EACH made a huge difference – it gave us the support we needed.

'If Simon and I had not received the counselling I really don't know how we would have got through the early days. It helped us talk about Harrison and our feelings to each other.'

The family will continue to fundraise in Harrison's memory. In April they will host a charity ball at Norwich City FC's Carrow Road ground.

Full details can be found at www.each.org.uk/support-us/fundraising

For more information on EACH, visit https://www.each.org.uk

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