Keeping the memory of little Pixie Belle alive
The parents of a little girl who would have turned two years old this month have vowed to keep their daughter's memory alive through fund-raising.
Emily and Oz Wilson's beloved daughter Pixie Belle died suddenly in July last year. The toddler was found in her cot just a few hours after being put to bed, a victim of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) at just 13 months-old.
Almost a year on, her family has now raised more than �13,000 to help research into the rare and still misunderstood condition.
'The fund-raising has helped us,' said 33-year-old Emily, who grew up in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.
'It's given us something to focus on.'
The family were living in Brunei, where 39-year-old Oz was stationed with the 7 flight Army Air Corps, when Pixie died.
After returning to the UK and their home in Hadleigh, near Ipswich, they began raising funds for the FSID (The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths).
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Earlier this year the couple organised a 24-hour swim in Pixie's memory. Thirty-four people, including Oz, who hails from Norwich, Emily's sister Lucy Marshall and stepfather Peter Caldwell, who lives in Lowestoft, all took part and the event at Wattisham army base raised thousands of pounds.
A month later, a group of their overseas friends – all wives soldiers serving in Brunei - climbed Mount Kinabalu on the South Asian island of Borneo and helped tip the fund-raising total to �13,768.
Next year, when Oz has completed 22 years army service, the family, including 10-year-old Charlie and 3-year-old Lola, are planning to return to Lowestoft to continue their fund-raising efforts and to raise more awareness of SIDS.
'We're not just sitting back,' said Emily, who attended Elm Tree Middle and Kirkley High schools.
'We're hoping in our lifetime they will find some answers to help us and others parents like us.
'Seeing the money come in and the comments from people, probably half of whom I've never met, kept us going.
'For me, it's keeping her memory alive. No-one will ever forget our little girl because she was amazing.'
To raise money in memory of Pixie visit www.justgiving.com/pixie-belle, email firstname.lastname@example.org or search for Fundraising in Memory of Pixie Belle on Facebook.