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We tried to save our boy but he had gone.

Byline: Justine Halifax

A DEVASTATED young mum who lost her twomonth-old baby to cot death is hoping to boost research into the "silent killer" by staging a sponsored memorial walk. Danielle Jones, of Cannock, returned from a night shift she had worked to earn extra cash for tiny Kieron's first Christmas to find he had stopped breathing in his sleep.

The 19-year-old and her boyfriend, Kieron's dad John Shore, aged 21, tried in vain to revive the tot until paramedics arrived but he could not be saved.

Now Danielle and John are staging a sponsored walk in Cannock Park at 11am tomorrow in Kieron's memory and to raise cash for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.

Danielle, who is expecting her second child in October, said: "Most people don't think cot death will happen to them and I was no exception.

"I didn't know how to perform CPR and I think mums should be taught this.

"With help from the ambulance service, John and I worked on Kieron until the paramedics came. And then 20 staff at Stafford Hospital spent 20 minutes trying to save him.

"But, deep down, I knew he'd already gone.

"It's really important to get the message about cot death out there and to raise money for more research into it.

"I don't want anyone else to go through what we have. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. No-one should lose their child.

"The walk is our way of paying tribute to Kieron and other babies and to send the message out about this silent killer. We hope as many people as possible will join in." There will also be a raffle and fundraising stall selling items including jewellery at the event, which is among 65 being held across the UK in aid of the Foundation.

More information is available from Danielle on 07972 867600 or at www.fsid.org.uk/Mile-memory.

FACTFILE The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. (FSID) is the UK's leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote infant health.

FSID runs a free helpline (0808 802 6868) for parents and professionals seeking advice on safe baby care. The line also supports bereaved families. Advice can also be found at www.fsid.org.uk

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