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Support for Frankie's Legacy "overwhelming"

Worcester Editorial 15th Apr, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE FOUNDERS of a charity set up in memory of their stillborn son have said they are overwhelmed with the amount of support people have shown so far.

Russell and Lisa Ventura launched Frankie’s Legacy last Thursday (April 10) in honour of their son Francesco who was stillborn at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital last November.

They want the charity to raise awareness of cleft lip/palate, stillbirth and a rare chromosomal disorder called chromosome 15 duplication syndrome.

Money raised will go towards improving the delivery suites at the city’s hospital and provide equipment to add some home from home comforts including fold out beds, comfortable chairs, music docking stations and tea/coffee makers.

The launch event at Bindles saw the Mayor of Worcester, Coun Pat Agar, and the city’s MP, Robin Walker, turn out to offer their support and it raised a total of £370.

Mrs Ventura said: “We are overwhelmed with the amount of support we’ve had for Frankie’s Legacy and cannot thank everyone enough who has donated to us, as well as our sponsors and sponsors in kind.

“It cannot bring our son back, but we hope that through his memory and legacy we can raise awareness of cleft lip/palate, stillbirth and rare chromosome disorders, and also raise vital funds to improve the delivery suite facilities at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”

The couple are now working on their calendar of fund-raising events which will include quiz nights, car boot sales, online auctions, sponsored walks and more.

They will also be hosting a ‘Wear Blue For Frankie’ day on his birthday on November 29.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Frankie’s Legacy, attending the event or getting involved can get in touch by e-mailing hello@frankieslegacy.org.uk or calling 01905 560207.

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