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Norwich couple hold go-karting fundraiser for East Anglia's Children's Hospices

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 September 2012

Charity go-karting at Cromer Kart Trak organised bt Sarah Rider and her partner Jon Easter (centre), who lost their baby boy 13 hours after he was born.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Charity go-karting at Cromer Kart Trak organised bt Sarah Rider and her partner Jon Easter (centre), who lost their baby boy 13 hours after he was born. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Fast-paced action was the order of the day at a go-karting track, as the parents of a baby boy who died just 13 hours after being born held a charity fundraising day in his memory.

As previously reported in the Norwich Evening News, Sarah Rider and Jon Easter’s son, Joshua, was delivered by a Caesarean section six weeks early, and weighed just 2lb 7oz.

His heart stopped several times, once for 15 minutes, as medics tried everything they could to save his life. He lived for just 13 hours.

After his death, his parents, who live near Riverside in Norwich, spent time with him at Quidenham Hospice, near Attleborough, where he was placed in a cold cot.

Yesterday, the couple held an eight-hour endurance event at Kart Trak in Cromer to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which runs Quidenham. The event raised more than £4,000.

Miss Rider, 24, said: “There’s a really good atmosphere and it’s absolutely amazing that so many people have turned up and raised so much money for such a good cause.

“People want us to do it again next year, so we are thinking about making it an annual event.”

Yesterday’s event saw seven teams of up to six people take part, with drivers ranging in age from 23 to 61. Each team made 20 driver changes over the course of the eight hours.

As previously reported, Miss Rider had gone through a difficult pregnancy with sickness up to 40 times a day, and had scans twice a week.

It was at 22 weeks when she was told her baby, who was born on February 6, had reduced movement and that he would be born small.

It is still not clear what caused Joshua’s death, although it is now believed he may have had a very rare genetic condition called Wolman’s disease, of which there have only been 50 cases recorded in medical history.

Are you holding a special event in memory of a loved one? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk.

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