A FAMILY will hold a charity fun day in Bury in memory of their stillborn son — who died after his mother had undergone three years of fertility treatment in order to conceive.
Tyler Heys was stillborn on January 24 in North Manchester General Hospital, six weeks before his due date.
His parents, Bobbie Jackson and Jason Heys, were heartbroken and decided to make sure their son was not forgotten, and started to raise money for Sands, a stillbirth and neo-natal death charity.
Miss Jackson was told she could not have children, but had three years of treatment, only to lose her son in unexplained circumstances.
In addition, Mr Heys had planned to propose to his partner once Tyler had been born, but their marriage plans have now been put on hold.
Miss Jackson, of Walmersley Road, said: “Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. We could not gain answers to why this had happened, it was such a difficult time and still is.
“In this journey we found we were not alone. Many families experience stillbirths, cot death and miscarriages daily.”
The fun day will be held on Saturday at Burrs Country Park, featuring a barbecue, arts and crafts and a range of entertainment in Tyler’s memory.
There will also be a memory book, for people to offer their reflections and any similar experiences they have encountered.
Bury world champion boxer Scott Quigg has lent his support after hearing the story, and has donated a number of signed prizes for a raffle.
The 25-year-old said: “Bobbie and Jason told me about Tyler, it’s so sad. I donated a glove and wanted to support the fun day at Burrs Country park and hopefully raise some funds for the Sands charity.”
Miss Jackson says that more than £3,500 has been raised for the charity, and that it will be focused on services in Manchester.
The 29-year-old added: “It has been a difficult six months, losing a child after three years of trying to conceive and rebuilding our lives without Tyler here.
“It is so important to support a charity like Sands so that they can continue to support families like mine, and to invest into research to help parents understand why this happens.”
The fun day starts at noon, and admission is free.