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Town rallies to aid of grieving family after Cody's death

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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TRAGIC:  Little Cody passed away on Friday and Bodmin is rallying to help his parents.

TRAGIC: Little Cody passed away on Friday and Bodmin is rallying to help his parents.

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BODMIN is rallying to the aid of a heartbroken couple who have lost their baby boy.

Roxy Croft gave birth to triplets in June but, tragically, Cody, one of her three boys, died on Friday.

She and her partner Lee White are devastated at the loss and now their friends are doing their best to help with a campaign to raise money for little Cody's funeral and to make a donation to Bristol Children's Hospital.

Ms Croft gave birth to Jayden, Harley and Cody via Caesarean section at 27 weeks. Cody weighed just over 1lb and spent his first few months at a hospital in Bristol undergoing a number of operations and specialist care.

The baby boy recovered well and was later transferred to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, before he came home to his parents and two little brothers.

But Cody died in his sleep on Friday and now a number of fundraising events are being planned.

The first will take place at Bodmin Band Social Club on Saturday.

A Night For Cody will feature local teenage singer Benji and the event starts from 9.15pm.

The venue is normally a members-only club, but everyone will be welcome to attend to help raise money on Saturday night.

Donations for the family are already pouring in, via PayPal and collection buckets in shops, cafés and other outlets throughout Bodmin.

Close family friend Chanie Philp said Roxy and Lee had been overwhelmed by the support they are receiving at this difficult time.

"Donations have just been flooding in because Cody passing away has touched so many people," she said.

"There are 17 collection boxes in the town and people have been so generous, they have been amazing. Lee and Roxy have just been overwhelmed by the support they have been receiving and I'm sure it is helping them at this time.

"They are also very keen to give something back to Bristol Hospital for all the help and support they received, and another large fundraising event is now being planned for January.

"I've only known Bodmin to be slated for bad things happening, and to be honest I've not realised how wonderfully generous the people were, but they have simply been amazing," said Ms Philp.

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