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Couple hand over £1,000 in memory of their son

Worcester Editorial 29th Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A HEARTBROKEN Worcester couple have raised more than £1,000 in memory of their stillborn son.

Russell and Lisa Ventura donated the money to the Cleft Lip and Palate Association after finding out, in September last year, Francesco would be born with the condition.

The pair contacted the charity for help and advice before their son was tragically stillborn on November 29.

They decided instead of exchanging Christmas presents last year they would set up a Just Giving page and donated money, asking friends and family to do the same, and gave the funds to CLAPA.

Lisa and Russell said: “We set ourselves a target of raising £1,000 for CLAPA and we are over the moon to have achieved this, particularly over Christmas.

“CLAPA have given us a huge amount of support and even funded a 4D scan of Frankie so we could see the extent of his cleft lip and palate, and we’re looking forward to getting more involved with them as a charity in the future.

“While this cannot bring our son back, we hope we can help other parents who have had a diagnosis of cleft lip and palate in their unborn children.”

Rosanna Preston, chief executive for CLAPA, said: “We are tremendously grateful to Lisa and her husband for thinking of CLAPA at this difficult time and for generously asking people to make donations to us.”

The couple’s total stands at £1,057.62 and the website www.frankieslegacy.org.uk will also be launched later this year.

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