Sisters in tribute to stillborn Mia

SISTER ACT: 11-year-old sisters Leah Duckworth, right, and Georgia Whittle, from Lostock Hall, are organising a pyjama day at their school to raise money in memory of their still born sister Mia. They are pictured, dressed ready for the event, with mum Gaynor and dad Alan
SISTER ACT: 11-year-old sisters Leah Duckworth, right, and Georgia Whittle, from Lostock Hall, are organising a pyjama day at their school to raise money in memory of their still born sister Mia. They are pictured, dressed ready for the event, with mum Gaynor and dad Alan

The young sisters of a stillborn baby are paying tribute to her memory by raising money for the maternity unit where she was delivered.

Stepsisters Georgia Whittle and Leah Duckworth, both 11, organised a pyjama day with friends and teachers at Lostock Hall High School to raise funds for Royal Preston Hospital’s maternity unit.

The event was organised in memory of their sister Mia Duckworth, who was delivered on Christmas Eve.

Now the girls have helped raise more than £1,200 and counting in memory of their tragic sister.

The money will be donated to the hospital’s long-running Baby Beat appeal, which aims to raise standards in preventative care at the maternity unit.

Mum Gaynor, 40, from St Cuthbert’s Road, Lostock Hall, said: “The girls really wanted to do something after everything that happened.

“I am so proud of them.

“It’s been really good for them in terms of keeping them occupied, but also in giving them a way to remember Mia.

“The response has been so good from everyone in what has been such a difficult time.”

Gaynor and husband Alan, 39, a bricklayer, were shocked when she fell pregnant last year, despite being sterilised two years earlier.

Despite the initial shock, the pregnancy went ahead without complication until Mia’s heartbeat stopped suddenly in December last year.

Gaynor, a manager at Netflights.com, said: “When people talk about pregnancies and babies, it’s always the good side of things, which you can understand.

“But the midwives and staff in hospitals don’t get recognised for the dignity and compassion they show people when things go wrong.

“All the staff at Royal Preston Hospital were wonderful with us.

“And now, more than ever, it is important that we recognise what they do.

“They prepared us the best they could for what was happening.

“Before, during and after the birth they have been there to support us.

“The work they do is vital, especially when hospitals are facing so many cuts at the moment.

“I can’t thank them enough.”

In addition to the pyjama day organised by Georgia, Gaynor’s daughter from a previous relationship, and Leah, Alan’s daughter from a previous relationship, the family have planned more fund-raising events in the coming months.

Gaynor is planning a dress down day when she returns to work at Netflights.com later this month, and the family have set up a special fund-raising website.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/GaynorLouiseDuckworth.