Fundraisers keep tragic Nathan’s memory alive

Caroline Healer doing a skydive in memory of her nephew.
Caroline Healer doing a skydive in memory of her nephew.
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FAMILY and friends of a tragic baby are continuing to raise money in his memory.

Nathan James Healer was just two days old when he died at Sunderland Royal Hospital in February last year when fatally low blood glucose levels caused a brain haemorrhage.

Little Nathan Healer was just two days old when he died at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Little Nathan Healer was just two days old when he died at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

His heartbroken family launched a fundraising project in his memory to raise cash for Diabetes UK and the total currently stands at more than £1,500.

Earlier this year his devoted aunt, Caroline Healer, battled her fear of heights to do a tandem sky dive to mark what would have been the tot’s first birthday.

Now, the 26-year-old, from Parkside, Seaham, has signed up to do a sponsored bungee jump from the Middlesborough Transporter Bridge in July.

Next month, family friend, Rachel Timbey, has organised a huge family funday, with all the proceeds going to the charity.

I was so moved when Rachel said she was organising the funday, because she has put so much effort into it.

Traceyanne Healer, mum

For Nathan’s mum, Traceyanne Healer, the support and devotion of her family and friends and their willingness to raise money in his memory, is helping her cope with the loss of her beloved only child.

The 30-year-old, from Murton, said: “You just have to take one day at a time, that’s all you can do.

“But by raising money it means he didn’t die for nothing.

“I was so moved when Rachel said she was organising the funday, because she has put so much effort into it.”
Everyone is welcome to go along to the charity day, which will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 10am to 3pm, in St Stephen’s Centre, Stanley, County Durham.

There will be a host of activities including a bouncy castle, laser tag, soft play, face painting and a visit by Disney characters.

Nathan’s birth was brought forward two weeks because of Traceyanne’s gestational diabetes but by the time his low glucose level was detected it was too late to save him.

Traceyanne said one of the hardest things is knowing that something as simple as a glucose infusion would have saved her son, who was otherwise perfectly healthy.

By fundraising and highlighting the issue, Traceyanne hopes to prevent another family going through such heartache.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can visit www.justgiving.com/NathanJamesDiabetesAwarenessFund.