A Doncaster family wholost a baby to cot death have embarked on a series of fundraising challenges to mark her anniversary birthday.
Debbie Hustwaite’s little daughter Zoe died when she was just seven and a half months old and to commemorate what would have been her 21st birthday in the autumn Debbie and her family have been busy organising fundraising events with a ‘21 theme.’
Known as Zoe’s 21 appeal, Debbie and her daughter Freya, 18, and sons Tyler, 17, and Zac, 24, started fundraising at the beginning at the beginning of the year and planned to raise £2,100 by the date of Zoe’s birthday on November 7.
The family wanted to split the money raised equally between the NSPCC and Rainbow Trust, but because of the ‘amazing local response’ to the appeal they soon beat their initial target and decided to try and raise £2,100 for each of the charities, which they have now exceeded.
Debbie said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s response to our appeal. So many people have wanted to get involved, which has been amazing.
“Our fundraising events include charity bag packing days, a 21-mile relay walking challenge and golf days. Every time we set another fundraising target , we beat it so I’ll be excited to see how much we can raise by November 7.”
Debbie said she wanted to raise money for the Rainbow Trust in particular because they continue to offer care , support and advice after the loss of a loved one, which she said really helped her.
Other fundraising challenges attempted for the Zoe 21 appeal include: the three peaks challenge, male body waxing and an odd socks and bun sales day.
For more information on the Zoe 21 appeal, or if you would like to help Debbie and her family fundraise please visit www. zoe21appeal.co.uk or their Facebook site at www.