At 20 weeks pregnant Natalie and Callum Laidlaw discovered that their son Vinnie had a single ventricle anatomy – he had just half a functioning heart – and had no more than a 60% chance of surviving to school age.
Vinnie stopped moving 34 weeks into Natalies pregnancy.
The cots were donated to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, Leeds General Infirmary, and William Purves funeral directors, the North East company which conducted Vinnie’s funeral and which offers support to parents across the region who’ve lost babies. The memory boxes will go to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington.
After the success of their fundraising efforts for 4Louis, We then turned our attention to Little Hearts Matter. LHM provides a network for those affected by heart conditions like the one Vinnie suffered, offering support both for those who live into adulthood with the conditions and families who lose a child to them.