A MUM whose twin daughter died is raising stacks of cash for a baby charity.
Susan Jackson, from Red House, has raised nearly £5,000 for two charities close to her heart.
The 28-year-old was pregnant with identical twin girls in 2010 and had a healthy pregnancy up until the 34th week.
Susan said: “I couldn’t feel much movement so I got checked out with the doctors and had a scan.”
After a series of scans and tests Susan and husband Stephen, also 28, were told one of the babies had died and they would have to be delivered by Caesarian that night.
Susan said: “It was awful, really scary. I did not know if the other baby would survive or not.”
When Ella and Evie were born on June 14, 2010, Ella weighed four pounds 11 ounces and Evie, who had died in the womb, weighed three pounds 11 ounces.
Doctors explained to Susan a blood vessel in the womb had crossed over on to Evie’s cord which had cut off blood flow to the brain.
Ella was healthy and was able to go home straight away, but even though Susan had one surviving youngster baby, she still mourned the loss of Evie.
Susan said: “I went through the motions of everybody saying ‘well you’ve got one baby’.”
After the birth Susan went to Southwick Health Centre, which offers holistic treatments and counselling.
Susan said: “Sometimes people feel like they should not talk about it. I felt that because I had one baby I couldn’t really talk about it in support groups for people who had lost a baby.
“I think people are made to feel like they can’t talk about it.
“Counselling really helped me deal with. Everybody is different, but for me, it helped.”
Since then Susan has gone back to work and has held charity events to raise cash for Tommy’s the baby charity and Southwick Health Centre.
“I decided to do something about it and make Evie’s memory something positive that could help others,” she said.
Tommy’s baby charity funds research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage.
Susan has already raised nearly £5,000 for the causes and is eager to boost the total when she holds another event later in the year.
Susan is holding a family fun day and craft fair at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club, where Evie’s ashes are scattered, on Saturday, December 1, from 11pm and 2pm. Entry is free.