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Walkers stepping out to remember babies

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

Supporters during an earlier walk in memory of Lily Avo; inset, right, Zach Winter.

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TWO charity walks are taking place in Swansea next month to remember babies lost to cot death.

Zach Winter was only five months old when he died last month, and Lily Avo was the same age when she also succumbed to sudden infant death syndrome in March 2008.

Family and friends of Zach will gather outside the LC at 10.30am on May 4 to walk to Verdi's in Mumbles. Then it will be on to Mumbles Cricket Club for a family fun day at 3pm.

"We will have a bouncy castle, face painting and other attractions," said his dad Carl, of New Road, Treboeth.

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"We have set up a Facebook page and the amount of sponsorship we have got already is overwhelming."

Donations will be given to The Lullaby Trust and 2 Wish Upon a Star, charities raising awareness of sudden infant death syndrome and providing support for those who suffer the heartbreak of losing a child.

And money will also go towards a memorial bench at Oystermouth Cemetery.

Carl, who will be walking with his wife Laura and their five-year-old daughter Evie, says the family are getting comfort from the event.

"I am just happy to keep my mind occupied by organising this and raising awareness and money for research," he said.

"There is not enough counselling available. You have got to look for it. But the charities are trying to get things improved for people suffering the pain of losing a child."

And on May 17 it will be Mile in Memory of Lily Avo, organised by her mum Amy Bendall to raise money for The Lullaby Trust.

The walk will start from Castle Square at 11am and head through Oxford Street, and participants are encouraged to wear yellow.

"I am organising this event because when my daughter Lily passed away, The Lullaby Trust were a great support to me and Lily's father," said Amy, of Jericho Road, St Thomas. "They gave us a lifeline, providing guidance and kind words as well as placing us on a scheme to assist us when having our second child. The Lullaby Trust continues to help many other bereaved families in the same way every day."

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