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Event in Cody Croft's memory sees £2.5k raised

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

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  • FUNDRAISER: From left, mum Roxy Croft with baby Jayden, dad Lee White with baby Harley, and organiser Chanie Philp, centre, at the event held in memory of baby Cody.

  • PRIZEWINNER: Emma Pasco helps Lewis Dean with his raffle prize winnings.

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A FUNDRAISING event held in memory of Bodmin baby Cody Croft has helped to raise a total of more than £2,500 for Bristol Children's Hospital and funeral costs.

Cody, who weighed little more than 1lb at birth, was one of triplets born to his mother Roxy in June and was cared for at the hospital before his death in December.

A total of £2,502.75 has been raised through online donations, collection buckets placed in shops around Bodmin and Sunday's Fun Day For Cody at Syd's Bar, with smaller donations still coming in.

The funds have covered the £1,000 cost of Cody's funeral and the remaining money will be donated to the Cots for Tots Appeal at Bristol Children's Hospital.

The appeal is the charity for the South West region's Special Care Baby Unit at the hospital, which cared for Cody, and raises funds to support the work of the unit's staff, saving the lives of the sickest, most premature babies from Bristol, Bath, the South West of England and South Wales. It also funds the entire running costs of the Cots for Tots House, which provides free accommodation for parents.

Sunday's fun day featured live music, face-painting, a bouncy castle, a nail bar, a raffle and games.

Organiser Chanie Philp said the day was a big success with a great turnout and plenty of funds raised.

"It was absolutely brilliant, we all had such a good time, the turnout was very good and at one point it was jam-packed in there," Chanie said.

"All the kids who came loved it and Roxy and Cody's dad Lee were really pleased and overwhelmed by the support.

"To raise £1,700 for Roxy and Lee prior to the fun day is amazing in itself and to raise even more at the fun day is overwhelming for everybody involved."

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