Fun day in memory of tragic baby Nathan

Traceyanne Healer, standing back row right, and others taking part in the charity funday in aid of Diabetes UK at The New Westlea, Seaham.
Traceyanne Healer, standing back row right, and others taking part in the charity funday in aid of Diabetes UK at The New Westlea, Seaham.
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Crowds gathered for a family fun day to raise money in memory of a special little boy.

Scores of people went along to the event at the New Westlea in Seaham in aid of Diabetes UK.

Nathan James Healer.

Nathan James Healer.

The charity day was organised by Traceyanne Healer, who tragically lost her baby boy, Nathan James, at just two days old in February 2014, after fatally low glucose levels caused him to suffer a brain haemorrhage.

Since then the devoted mum has dedicated her time to supporting Diabetes UK, not just raising money, but also using Nathan’s tragic story to raise awareness of the condition.

Traceyanne, 31, who lives in Murton, said she was pleased the fun day raised more than £720 for the charity.

The IT worker, who recently celebrated the birth of her second child, Savannah Leigh, said: “I was really happy with the way it went, especially as some of the main attractions dropped out at the last minute.

It is about raising awareness of how serious diabetes can be

Traceyanne Healer

“But, we still managed to raise a good amount and it was busy all day. I had a few people saying they would like to do a sponsored event for the charity, which is great.

“It is not just about the money, it is about raising awareness of how serious diabetes can be. I would never want anyone else to go through what I did.

“Nathan seems to have touched the hearts of so many people, even though he never met them.”

Nathan was born at Sunderland Royal Hospital and for Traceyanne one of the hardest things to bear is knowing that had the low glucose level been detected in time, a simple infusion would have saved her otherwise perfectly healthy son.

Following her baby’s death Traceyanne, along with family and friends, set up the Nathan James Diabetes Awareness Fund because she was determined his short life would not be in vain and to educate people in detecting the early signs of hypoglycaemia in newborns.

Her hard work saw her presented with a National Inspiration Award from Diabetes UK earlier this year.

Anyone who would like to make a donation or support the fund should visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/NathanJamesDiabetesAwarenessFund.