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Time to say thanks to stillbirth charity

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

Ronnie Gibbins with Craig Didenkok and his partner Natasha Grey.

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A COUPLE from Townhill are organising fundraising events in memory of their baby, who died at birth.

Craig Didenko and his partner Natasha Grey experienced every parent's nightmare when their daughter was born 22 weeks early at Singleton Hospital.

Tragically, their daughter — Leila Grey-Didenko — was stillborn.

Mr Didenko said: "On October 22, 2012, we lost our beautiful daughter Leila.

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"She was born 22 weeks early and was stillborn. It really was an horrific and heart-breaking time.

"Leila is buried in Morriston cemetery and I go up and visit her every day. Even though she was only in our lives for a short time we will never forget her.

''It is all still quite raw."

Mr Didenko said the help given by Sands had helped the couple.

"After the birth we were visited by counsellors from the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands," he said. "They really helped my partner.

"So now we want to raise money to help other families who are going through what we did." Craig and Natasha, helped by their families, have organised two fundraising events.

The first is a charity evening at the Fords Club in Treboeth on Friday, June 13.

There will be entertainment from singers and dancers, as well as a raffle, with more than 50 donated prizes from all different businesses around Swansea.

This will be followed by a sky-dive at Swansea Airport on Saturday, June 14, with five people taking part.

All the money raised will be given to Sands, the national stillbirth and neonatal death charity that provides support to bereaved parents and their families.

Sands offers emotional support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and others.

Mr Didenko said: "I can't wait for the charity evening, it should be great fun.

"I had an original target of £2,000, but we have had so many donations I think we will easily pass that.

"The response has been amazing and I want to thank everyone who has donated so far."

To donate to the family and for more information, call 07837619984.

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