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Balloon release in memory of little Oscar

Five years on... Lee and Helen Kent along with family friends held a memorial walk around Herrington Country Park, followed by a balloon launch in memory of their baby Oscar, who died of cot death.

Five years on... Lee and Helen Kent along with family friends held a memorial walk around Herrington Country Park, followed by a balloon launch in memory of their baby Oscar, who died of cot death.

A BALLOON release and activity day were held to raise money in memory of a Wearside youngster.

Oscar Beau Kent was just seven weeks old when he died from a cot death almost five years ago.

His parents, Lee and Helen Kent, from Harraton in Washington, were joined by family and friends at Herrington Country Park for the balloon release and walk around the park in aid of The Lullaby Trust.

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death, and the Kents wanted to support the charity’s annual event, Mile in Memory.

Helen, 34, who works in the bar trade, said: “It is such an horrendous thing to go through. I just found him in his cot.

“One of the worst things is not knowing why he died.

“If there is an illness, then at least you know why, but with cot death there is just no answer.”

She said The Lullaby Trust, formerly the Foundation for the Study of Sudden Infant Death (FSID), which also funds research into the causes of cot death, was a huge support to the family when Oscar died.

Through it, they made friends with other people who had gone through the same devastating experience. After the walk and balloon release, Helen and Lee, 36, who are also parents to Daniel, 16, Ebony, 12, and three-year-old Angel-Bo, had a family fun day in The Woodlands pub in Rickleton.

 

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