Charity vow for the love of Erin

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THE courageous parents of a baby who died after being born suffering heart disease have vowed to keep her memory alive by raising cash to spare other families similar heartache.

Erin Clancy was born in November 2011 with congenital heart disease but died aged just 22 days old.

But her legacy lives on through support for a range of charities.

Anna and Johnpaul Clancy have already raised more than £10,000 for the charities which helped them when baby Erin was seriously ill and while they have grieved.

Now the couple, of St David’s Road North, St Annes, are holding a special charity evening to raise yet more funds for Alder Hey Hospital where Erin was treated.

Anna, 30, said: “Fund-raising and charity work have helped lots since we lost Erin.

“I’ve met so many other people in similar situations, it’s good to be able to talk.

“It’s amazing how people have helped us.”

Anna and Johnpaul, 32, hope to raise around £3,000 from the charity event at Fylde Rugby Club later this month.

The money will be added to their total already raised to support the Ronald McDonald House charity, where the couple stayed while Erin was in hospital.

They have also raised cash for Aching Arms charity and the Turner Syndrome Support Society through endurance events including the Great North Swim.

Anna and Johnpaul have also used social networking site Twitter to rally support for their causes and collect once-in-a-lifetime experiences to auction off.

For the charity night, they have had auction lots donated by Manchester United and TV star Jonathan Ross, including one of his ties and tickets to see his TV show. Also on offer are the use of a holiday cottage for a weekend, jewellery and restaurant vouchers.

The fund-raiser is being held at Fylde Rugby Club from 7pm onwards on Friday, October 19. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought by contacting erinsgift@hotmail.co.uk or (01253) 712037