Parents raise money in memory of lost twin

Chris & Claire Britten with 16-month-old Reuben. (am_reuben_britten-009)
Chris & Claire Britten with 16-month-old Reuben. (am_reuben_britten-009)

The parents of a child who tragically died three weeks after he was born prematurely are raising money for the neo-natal unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Clare and Chris Britten’s baby boy Finley passed away just weeks after he and his twin brother Reuben were born in October 2013, just 24 weeks into Clare’s pregnancy.

The upside to the family’s heartache is the progress of Reuben, who has defied the medical odds to develop into a happy and healthy 16 month-old tot.

Clare, 36, of Denshaw Drive, said: “Everybody in the unit at the LGI were great with us. Because we were in there for so long they almost became a part of the family, and we became a part of their’s.

“The treatment we got was excellent. Even though they were there to look after Finley and Reuben, they looked after all of us.

“Reuben’s a happy little boy. His first tooth is just beginning to come through and he’s only just managed to crawl backwards for the first time. Looking at him you wouldn’t know he’s 16 months - you’d probably think he’s about eight - but he’s healthy, that’s the main thing.”

To show their gratitude Clare and Chris are now hosting a family fun and coffee morning on Saturday February 28 to raise funds to be invested into care at the unit.

It will be held at the Hi 5’s Day Nursery on High Street, where Clare works as a member of the daycare staff.

Among the activities on the day will be face painting for kids, a tombola and coffee and cake, with members of the public welcome to attend.

A raffle will also be held with a number of businesses from the area having donated prizes.