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Carrie Burridge and other parents are organising a family fun day to raise money for two causes. Pictured: Ian Barker (Cow), Burridge family - Carrie, Johnny, baby Jenson and Ayrton (3). Also Thorndyke/Ash family Justin Thorndyke, Susie Ash, Henry Thorndyke (15), Joe Thorndyke (13), Oliver and Ethan Whinney (Both 6) PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2296814)
Carrie Burridge and other parents are organising a family fun day to raise money for two causes. Pictured: Ian Barker (Cow), Burridge family - Carrie, Johnny, baby Jenson and Ayrton (3). Also Thorndyke/Ash family Justin Thorndyke, Susie Ash, Henry Thorndyke (15), Joe Thorndyke (13), Oliver and Ethan Whinney (Both 6) PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2296814)

Three sets of parents have banded together in support of a family fun day to raise funds for causes in memory of a baby from Forncett St Mary.

Carrie Burridge will host an open farm event at Manor Farm, The Street, Fundenhall, on Sunday, June 10.

She said: "We are holding the event in memory of James Thorndyke and raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital."

James, who had severe combined immunodeficiency, died at the age of one last year.

"Each cared for James and provided his parents, Susie and Justin, precious time with their little boy and helped them let him be at home when he passed away.

"The memories and care that they gave James and his family meant they were helped and supported in their time of utter heartbreak."

James' mother, Susie Ash, said: "It's over-whelming that people are doing so much to remember James and keeping his legacy going.

"The open farm event is an amazing idea."

Attracting more than 4,000 people last year, the open farm will return for its second year.

The event will feature tractors, animal greet and feeds, cows milked by robots, sheep sheering, cookery demonstrations, stage entertainment and live band Fourplay taking over from 4.30pm and in to the evening.

Planting seeds, a treasure hunt, a forest school, bouncy castle, face-painting, stalls and more will also take place. Daisy, the event's cow mascot, will be walking around and meeting everyone.

There will be a £5 charge for parking, which will be given to charity.

Aisha Karabo with her little girl Hannah, with staff at the NICU at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Picture: Carrie Burridge. (2407041)
Aisha Karabo with her little girl Hannah, with staff at the NICU at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Picture: Carrie Burridge. (2407041)

The NICU, a unit proving care for new-born babies, will also benefit from the day's events.

Mrs Burridge's sons, Ayrton, three, and Jenson, four months, both received care from NICU .

"The doctors there are phenomenal and work miracles," she said.

"The money we will raise will help buy new equipment for the unit."

The NICU is currently helping Mrs Burridge's colleague, Aisha Karabo, with her daughter, Hannah Eagling, who was born two months premature in December.

Aisha, 31, from Tivetshall St Margaret, has pledged her support to the event.

"The event is a great idea and will be very informative," she said. "It's the perfect way to give something back."



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