Fundraising event in memory of Norwich baby

A fundraising evening is being held in memory of a baby girl who died just four days after she was born.

Tamzin Skillings' arrival at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital last month should have been a source of joy and celebration.

But when her mother Joanne Kane suffered complications during labour, medical staff discovered that the umbilical cord had become tangled around Tamzin's neck while she was in the womb, and she was born with severe brain damage.

Joanne, 31, and her partner Lee Skillings, 29, of Marion Road, Thorpe Hamlet, then faced an agonising few days before they came to the heartbreaking decision to allow doctors to switch off their daughter's life support machine - ending her life less than a week before Christmas.

Following Tamzin's burial at Lowestoft Cemetery, Joanne's sister Jennifer, 27, decided that something positive should be done to ensure that her short life was not simply forgotten and began planning a fundraising event in her memory.

With help from friends, she has organised an evening of music at the Royal Standard pub in Lowestoft next Saturday<22>, with the proceeds going to East Anglian Children's Hospices (EACH) and the intensive care baby unit at the Norfolk and Norwich.

'This Christmas was a terrible time for obvious reasons,' said Jennifer. 'Joanne and Lee went through such a traumatic time. I can't imagine what it must have been like having to come to that decision to turn off the Tamzin's life support machine.'

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She said the event was also her small way of helping Joanne and Lee, who works at Morrison's in Riverside.

She added: 'Throughout this time I felt pretty useless and just wanted to do something to help, something positive so that's where the idea of the fundraising event came from. The main beneficiary of the money will be EACH but we're also going to make a donation to the intensive baby care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich because the staff there were fantastic.'

•The fundraising event takes place next Saturday, January 22, at the Royal Standard in Denmark Road, Lowestoft at 8pm. The entertainment will include karaoke and disco, a buffet and a raffle - with prizes including tickets to Pleasurewood Hills, and Lowestoft Town match tickets.

Jennifer, of Wollaston Road, Lowestoft, is studying at Lowestoft College as part of the first year of a biology degree with the University of East Anglia.

She originally moved to the area from the west Midlands with Joanne, who lived previously in Stanford Street, Lowestoft, before moving to Norwich with her 12-year-old son Brandon to share a home with Lee.