A COUPLE are aiming to hit a £30,000 charity target to mark what would have been their firstborn’s third birthday.
Seaham couple Stacie and Martin Richardson are supporting the charity that helped them after their son Ethan Jai died of a rare condition when he was just five days old.
They hope to reach the milestone in their fund-raising appeal by the end of the month, when their boy would have turned three.
In a push to reach their target, a 12-hour darts marathon will take place tomorrow at the Times Inn in Dalton-le-Dale.
The couple need to raise £795 to hit the total.
The cash has been donated to Tiny Lives, which helps families with special-care babies by offering somewhere to stay, staff and equipment.
It helped the Richardsons after Ethan was born three weeks early at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The tot had a disorder which meant he could not digest food and caused his organs to shut down.
Stacie, 29, who works for Northumbria Police and is now mum to Alyssa Mae, one, said: “We hope this is the event which helps us do it.
“It’s going to be a really good weekend and knowing we’re going to have raised £30,000, it’s going to keep us going and there’s going to be a good atmosphere.”
The darts event will see pairs play against each other before the next two go into competition.
Stacie and Martin, also 29, who is a chemical operator for a firm on Teesside, say they plan to continue their efforts in Ethan’s name.
The next event in their calendar is a five-a-side football tournament, which will be held for the second year running on Saturday, July 12,
Each team will pay £30 to take part an there will be a trophy and cash prizes up for grabs.
Anyone who would like to sign up or find out more can email Martin via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the Richardson’s campaign can be found via the Facebook page Ethan’s Gift to Tiny Lives.