Leeds family’s big day in memory of Charlie

Carrie Curtis with friends and family during a fundraising walk for Charlie's charity last year.
Carrie Curtis with friends and family during a fundraising walk for Charlie's charity last year.
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A brave Leeds family are continuing fundraising to help support the city’s bereaved parents.

Carrie-Ann Curtis’ son, Charlie, was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome when she was 18 weeks pregnant.

The brave mum was told the condition, which was diagnosed during a routine scan, was life-threatening and there would be little chance of Charlie surviving.

But she defied the doctors and decided to give her tiny son the chance to fight for his life.

Sadly, just 19 minutes after Charlie’s birth he died in Leeds General Infirmary.

Carrie-Ann, 21, from Middleton, Leeds, set up a charity last year to offer support to bereaved parents and raise awareness of the condition.

And her relatives are holding a family fun day today to raise money for Charlie’s Angel Centre.

Carrie Ann’s step-mum Ruth Curtis said: “It has taken us by surprise the support we have received and it would be nice for people to turn up for Charlie.”

The family fun day will be held at The Gardeners Arms Pub, in Lofthouse, from noon until 5pm.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier Carrie said: “It’s like he was here for a reason and here for us to be doing this.

“Every time the doctors asked me if I wanted to terminate the pregnancy I knew that as long as he had a heartbeat it is still giving him a chance.

“The hardest thing was not knowing when it would happen and every day I was waiting to see it today was going to be the day. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

The family have organised a number of fundraising events to help raise thousands of pounds to offer support to bereaved parents.

For more information visit www.Charlies-Angel-Centre.org.uk

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