Vicki and Jamie Miller were left “traumatised” following the news that one of their premature born twin boys had passed away at only two weeks of age.
Vicki, 31, gave birth three months early on 16 December 2003 to Joshua and Jack with the latter being born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
Jack was treated at the Jessop Wing Neonatal intensive-care unit at Sheffield Hallamshire Hospital until Jack sadly blew a hole in his intestines and passed away on 30 December 2003.
Eleven years later, the couple have helped raise £1,770 for the hospital unit at a charity golf event at Flamborough Golf club, of which Jamie, 36, is a member, with proceeds going towards helping future premature babies.
Vicki said: “We were so upset and traumatised by Jack’s death. We just felt no one could help us so we pushed our friends and family away. It was heartbreaking.
“The Hospital were amazing, day and night they would help Jack and myself. We just really wanted to give something back to them after all the help and care they gave us at such a difficult time. They were superb.”
Jack’s brother Joshua, 11, is now a healthy child though he too had difficulties when his lungs collapsed.
Vicki said: “After what had happened to Jack, you just fear the worse. It was a roller coaster ride and at the age of 19, I just didn’t know how to cope. Thankfully Joshua pulled through and he is healthy, just like our other son Bradley who I gave birth to in 2009.”
Throughout the day 13 teams of four played 18 holes, with a number of winners on the day. There were cakes and refreshments many raffle prizes following generous donations from local businesses. The evening entertainment was provided with a casino with a 40” flat screen tv the star prize. Vicki said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated and helped to make the event such a success and to Flamborough Golf Club for offering the full 18 holes free of charge. We were really pleased with the event and now we are planning to hold this annually which is fantastic.”
The money raised will go towards small premature baby clothes, specialised nursing pillows, breast pumps, safe baby grows, new incubators and life saving equipment.