Family of stabbing victim raise funds for neonatal care
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 November 2012
“Something good has come out of what happened to my son,” says Sue Taylor, as she reflects on the countless lives saved through a tragedy which shook her family eight years ago.
Christopher Taylor – known as Chrissy – was just 25 when he was brutally stabbed to death on New Year’s Day 2004.
Sue, 56, continues to mourn the death of her son, something she says “ruined” a part of her family.
But she, together with her husband Kevin, also 56, their four other children and their friends, decided to do what they believe Chrissy would have wanted.
They founded an annual golf tournament in 2005 that over the years has raised £24,000 for the neonatal intensive care unit in Queen’s Hospital, Romford.
“He loved children,” said Sue, of Heaton Way, Harold Hill.
“He was fantastic with my daughter when she was a baby and he was good with his brothers.
“We wanted something good to come out of what happened to him. We wanted to do something in his name.”
Through the King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity, they have seen the money they have raised spent on equipment that has helped save the lives of babies.
Their most recent £5,000 donation allowed staff to buy “optiflows”, which aid premature babies with respiratory problems.
“It’s absolutely amazing. I get really choked up when I go in [the intensive care unit].
“The breathing apparatus has saved quite a few premature babies’ lives.
“It keeps us going and we want to carry on raising money.”
Their fundraising has also paid for a ventilator and improvements to the room for parents at Queen’s, at a cost of £4,000.
Last year Mark Parrish was jailed for 26 years for the murder of Chrissy, who died during a family event at the Electric Board and Social Club in Brampton Road, Harold Hill.
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