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Parents' tribute to tragic baby

Published: 10 Feb 2011 14:000 comments

A GREENOCK couple are taking part in a major fundraising drive in memory of their beloved baby daughter.

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Tiny Sharon Wright passed away when she was just four months old.

She had defied the odds to survive 10 weeks in the womb without amiotic fluid.

And when she was born some three months early, weighing just two pounds, she faced operations for heart and intestinal problems.

But her parents, Tommy Wright, 23, and Bernadette Thompson, 22, pictured, refused to give up hope as Sharon battled serious health problems at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow.

They were left devastated when she lost her brave fight for life on 17 November last year.

Now, Sharon's 14-year-old godmother, Lynn Hutchison, has launched a campaign to coin in cash for Yorkhill as a tribute to the beautiful baby.

Lynn, from Larkfield, said: "I'm so grateful that everyone has been really supportive. This is a lovely way of keeping Sharon's memory alive."

And the tot's proud parents are backing the schoolgirl all the way as she organises sponsored walks, car boot sales and other events to boost the coffers.

Tommy has already collected £700 by taking part in a tandem skydive in October - and now he's trying to round up as many dare-devils as possible to join him on his next jump.

He said: "The skydive last year was my first one, and it was absolutely brilliant.

"It was a scary experience, but the adrenaline rush afterwards was amazing. I can't wait to do it again.

"I want as many people as I can find to come along and join me, or to offer sponsorship if they can.

"We want to raise as much money as possible for Yorkhill in Sharon's memory, as they took such good care of our little girl."

Tommy's dad, Neville, 53, also from Greenock, will be joining him on the fundraising challenge - and has vowed to lose a stone in weight before he takes the plunge.

The tandem skydive is set to take place on 11 June at Skydive Strathallan, Perthshire.

To offer sponsorship, or to find out about taking part on the day, call Tommy on 07530 772770.

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