Friends turned out in force in memory of a 19-month-old Wetherby tot who died suddenly last February.
Youngsters and parents from Wetherby Children’s Day Nursery walked, rode cycles and scooters and toddled around Scaur Bank in tribute to Dylan Underwood who used to attend the nursery.
Dylan died suddenly in his parents’ arms after suffering overwhelming sepsis brought on by a twisted bowel, and severe pneumonia and now the grieving parents are trying to raise money for the Lullaby Trust which supports bereaved families.
Dad Dave Underwood said: “Both Kate and I are very grateful to both Wetherby Day Nursery and Jill Mooney for arranging the Miles in Memory walk in memory of our dear Dylan whom we miss terribly.
“It was encouraging to see such a good turnout, and thanks to all those who took part to help raise the awareness of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and to raise much needed funds for the Lullaby Trust which seeks to provide much needed support for bereaved families affected by the sudden death of a child.”
Mr Underwood explained that Dylan hadn’t shown any external signs that he was extremely poorly.
“Although this made his passing all the more shocking to everyone that knew and loved him, in reality it meant that he died peacefully in our arms at home.”
Before the memory walk Julia Clarke, owner of the Wetherby nursery, gave a few words of thanks to those taking part before a moment of silence to remember Dylan.
About 50 people, and three dogs, completed distances from one to 11 miles, a mammoth distance walked by past nursery pupil eight-year-old Nathan Mooney.
Walk organiser and mum of one of the nursery children Jill Mooney said that they have raised about £500 from the walk.
“We would like to thank everyone who attended Dylan’s Memory Walk,” said Jill.
“The support meant a lot to Dylan’s family and the staff at the nursery.
“The rain held off and we even had a bit of sun at the end too, maybe Dylan was smiling down.
“There was lots of fun and laughter and of course some tears too, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.”
The Lullaby Trust is committed to supporting research to understand why babies die suddenly and unexpectedly to find out more about how to prevent such deaths.
It also runs an information line for parents and professionals on 0808 802 6869 and a dedicated line for bereaved families on 0808 802 6868. Both are free to call.
So far the Underwoods have raised £7,162 through their justgiving site. To donate funds log on to: https://www.justgiving.com/D-Underwood1