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Jimmy, the baby who left £150k legacy to hospital

Parents stage massive fundraising campaign in memory of the son who ‘lived such a short life’

20 October, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Baby James, left, with twin sister, Isabel

A COUPLE whose baby boy died at just five-and-a-half weeks old have spoken of their extraordinary fundraising drive – which has seen them raise almost £150,000 in a year for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Little Jimmy Shaw became suddenly ill with presumed sepsis shortly after birth.

Despite the heroic efforts of staff at University College Hospital, the Children’s Acute Transfer Service ambulance team and ultimately Great Ormond Street Hospital intensive care unit, James could not be saved.

He died in his parents’ arms on October 31 last year, just two days after his birth was registered.

James’s twin sister, Isabel, became ill just a few weeks later with an unrelated condition, but thanks to life-saving surgery at GOSH she recovered.

To honour James’s memory and thank GOSH staff, Emily and Pete Shaw, of Barnsbury, set up the Little Jimmy Brighter Future Fund with the hospital.

Emily and Pete Shaw after the half marathon

Their fundraising received a huge boost thanks to more than 100 family and friends running the Royal Parks half marathon earlier this month.

Money raised has already paid for two ventilators.

“James lived such a short life, so we wanted to make sure he could leave a legacy,” said Emily, who is a doctor.

“We wanted to do anything we could to try to prevent any parent having to endure the kind of suffering we have.”

She added: “We had such a huge outpouring of support from family and friends. We wanted to harness that and create something positive.”

More than £80,000 – and rising – has been raised by their supporters at the half marathon.

One of the new ventilators will be used by the team bringing sick new-born babies and children to GOSH, while the other will be used within the hospital.

For the first time, these will enable very sick children to be transferred while receiving the most intensive ventilation available.

To contribute to the appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/littlejimmybrighterfuturefund or to donate £5 text JIMI95 £5 to 70070 (no additional line provider charges).

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