Somerset couple who lost twin girls welcome new baby daughter
A young couple, who suffered the loss of their twin daughters last year, are celebrating the joyous birth of baby Isabelle Rose.
She was born on August 12 at Bath Hospital, weighing 7lb 8oz.
And she is now safely back home in Shepton Mallet with proud parents Lee Claydon and Hayley Cullen and is doing well.
Following the loss of their twins Grace and Jessica last year at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol as a result of TTTS – twin to twin transfusion syndrome – Hayley and Lee, supported by their families and many friends, embarked on a mission to raise money for the Mother and Baby Trust in their memory.
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Numerous fund-raising events have been held – ranging from a team running in the Bath Half Marathon to quiz nights, sales, raffles and sponsored tattoos.
The latest event was a summer skittles four-a-side competition at the Charlton Inn in Shepton Mallet which raised more than £600.
Lee said: "We would like to thank all the teams who entered and everyone who so generously donated. We would also like to say a big, big thank you to Rich Pyfll, landlord of the Charlton, who arranged it all, and whose idea it was to donate the money to the Mother and Baby Fund."
Lee said this week that the total now raised so far was around £5,000 for the trust which is a charity for research, education and care of pregnant women
And he said he and Hayley both so grateful to everyone who had helped raise so much money to help its vital work continue.
The trust aims to discover why complications sometimes happen, and to try – through research – prevent them happening again.
And there will be more celebrations this weekend as Lee and Hayley and friends and family celebrate the Ruby Wedding anniversary of Lee's parents, Bill and Maureen Claydon.
TTTS can affect identical twin foetuses where abnormal connecting blood vessels in the twins' placenta results in an imbalanced flow of blood from one twin to another. Once thought to be rare, TTTS is now believed to affect as many as one in 1,000 people.