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WALK OF HOPE IN MEMORY OF TRAGIC JAMIE; Baby was victim of cot death.

Byline: JOHN SUTTON

A COUPLE who found their five-week-old baby boy dead in his Moses basket are raising money to help prevent cot death.

Melanie Marnell and David Fiske had tried for more than four years to have a baby before little Jamie Joshua arrived.

He was showered with love by his mum and dad and half-brothers Darren, 17, Jack, 12, and seven-year-old half sister Aimee-Lou.

After being born in November last year the family enjoyed a wonderful first Christmas with Jamie Joshua, but he sadly died on Boxing Day.

The grief took Melanie right back to Christmas Day 1992, when she lost her daughter Chelsea Louise, from a previous relationship, to meningitis.

Speaking to the ECHO, the distraught mum, a 37-year-old call handler, said: "I carry on because of the other children, but sometimes I don't know how this could happen to me twice.

"To lose two babies like this, and when you try so hard, and wait so long.

"It all seems perfect, and then you wake up in the morning and that has happened.

"Sometimes I still don't believe it, I can't understand that this has happened to me."

More than 300 babies a year die suddenly in the UK every year.

Now the couple, who live on Addenbrooke Drive in Hunts Cross, want to raise money for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, and are taking part in the charity's Walk a Mile appeal this weekend.

David, 40, who works in a car parts storeroom, said: "We're having a fancy dress walk round some pubs in Liverpool, where we'll be encouraging people to donate money in aid of FSIDs.

"We're starting in the Central Hotel on Ranelagh Street in Liverpool city centre and going to the Anglican Cathedral, where we'll be setting off Chinese lanterns in memory of Jamie, Chelsea and all the other babies.

"We want to raise money and raise awareness so other families don't have to go through the pain we've suffered."

? To join the money raising walk on Saturday May 14, which begins at 1pm at the Central Hotel on Ranelagh Street, email Melanie at mel.1326@hotmail.co.uk

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Date:May 10, 2011
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