THE parents of a “perfect and smiling” baby boy who died aged just eight weeks will be joined by friends and family when they take part in a poignant charity walk in his memory.
Little Tommy Wilkinson was born at Burnley General Hospital, weighing 6lb. 11oz. on October 28th last year to his delighted mum and dad Amy Waterworth and Andrew Wilkinson.
Amy (25), of Manchester Road, Hapton, said Tommy was a healthy baby and was adored by the whole family, including his older sister Lola (3).
He had been suffering from a cold and was prescribed medication to treat colic but he died suddenly on December 27th.
An inquest found that Tommy died of natural causes and now the family are keen to raise awareness of cot death and funds for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID), which carries out research into sudden baby deaths.
Despite being just eight weeks old, Amy said her son’s personality had already started to shine through.
“He had started to smile and laugh and he used to follow me around with his eyes,” she said.
“One minute he was there and the next he was gone. Lola still talks about him a lot but she doesn’t really understand what’s happened.
“I never thought this would happen to us, Tommy was perfect and we had the perfect little family. He brought us so much joy. It can happen to anybody.”
Amy and Andrew will be joined by Amy’s mum Jeanette Denson, who has helped to organise the event, other members of the family and friends for the walk, which will take place on Saturday, July 21st.
They will meet at Padiham Town Hall at 12-30pm then will walk up Padiham Road, down Kiddrow Lane and up Liverpool Road before returning to St John’s Church in Padiham – Tommy’s final resting place – and releasing balloons.
They are encouraging people to join them for the walk and are appealing for businesses and individuals to sponsor them.
Amy, who attended the former Ivy Bank High School, in Burnley, added: “Tommy was a really good baby, he didn’t cry much. He was laid back and chilled out. It’s hard because Lola looks like him and I am reminded of him every day.”
Jeanette added: “As a parent it’s your worst fear but you never think it’s going to happen.”
Anyone who wants to make a donation to FSID in memory of Tommy can visit www.justgiving.com/Jeanette-Denson.