Hi we are Nicola and Ian Richardson and Alexander's Charity Ball all started in 2010
Our first annual Charity Ball was held in February 2011 at Tankersley Manor Hotel Near Barnsley in memory of our son Alexander who died suddenly and unexpectedly in February 2007
Alexander was a happy, healthy and very cheeky 17 month old so his death caused my family untold heartache as well as complete confusion...How does a healthy baby go to bed full of beans and not wake up the next morning?
I would like an answer to this question and whilst there are none forthcoming at the moment, with continued research I hope that someone, someday will be able to help me. Without money however this vital research is not able to commence so in the May following Alexander's passing we joined a local walk in memory of our son and other babies lost to SIDS to raise money for The Lullaby Trust and from there every May I have organised our own 'Mile in Memory' to coincide with lots of National miles as part of the charity's Save a Baby Month.
The walks are fabulous and we always have a great turnout but, I felt that there were lots of walks, runs, cycle rides and other such fabulous events being endured across the country for many wonderful charities and we are all being asked to dig deep and sponsor as much as we can. I figured that eventually pockets might run dry, so I wanted to do something a little different.
I could never have envisioned 7 years ago what this night would become to me and so many people, it's part of their social calendar and seems set to grow and grow. In this ever growing world of charities it's important that we keep plugging away at fundraising and it's no easy task but it's more than worth it when we tot up the amount we've raised and we find out exactly how that will go to help families within Yorkshire.
2014 was a massive event for us with over 500 people attending on the night and we raised over £27,000 which blew our £20,000 target out of the water This is a phenomenal amount and means that Alexander's Charity Ball alone has been able to contribute over £70,000 to The Lullaby Trust in 4 years.
In September 2015 Alexander would have turned 10 and I always said that I would do something extra special for this year. As it happens a decision has been made for us, we were informed that a leading paediatric professor at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Neil Sebire had research waiting to be undertaken into the sudden deaths of over 1's. The research will cost £100,000 and I want to do my utmost to raise the money to allow this research to get going, this is what I've been working towards in the 7 years since Alexander died, it's tangible and someone is willing to help. How can I sit back and not do my bit?
We are stunned at what we've been able to achieve in the 7 years since we lost Alexander and it's a fitting legacy for the Son who will never get the chance to grow up and choose his own path in life.
Please read on through the site and contact us if you feel you are able to help us in anyway, every single bit,whether you think it's big or small is a massive help to us to create a future for our chosen charity, The Lullaby Trust.