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Friday, 17 January 2014 (3047531)
Joseph's legacy to live on
by Tom Martin


A TODDLER from Litherland who died of a rare heart condition has inspired his parents to set up a new charity in his memory.

Joseph Mitchell died, aged two, last October, having spent most of his short life being cared for by doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Now parents Lisa and Neil, both 34, are to launch the ‘Touched by an Angel' campaign on Saturday, February 8 to give something back to the hospital that cared for him.

Money raised will go towards the bereavement centre at the hospital, which supports parents who are mourning the loss of their children.

It will mean that Lisa and Neil, who also have a six year-old daughter called Molly, can help other parents who also suffering from a similar loss.

Lisa, who works for Thomas Cooke, said: “A lot of families will be going through what we did and this charity is to support them and also the bereavement centre at the hospital.

”We want to raise awareness of the work that staff do at this centre because not a lot of people know about it.

“I think a big reason for this is because it's not nice to talk about when a parent loses their child.

”But around 100 families who lose a child are helped by the bereavement centre every year.

“Joseph spent half of his life at the heart ward and this is our way of giving something back.”

An emotional Lisa also told The Champion what Joseph was like when he was alive and how much he loved his family.

She added: “When he was born doctors told us that he could have a cardiac arrest at any second.

”But he was so strong and amazing.

“Joseph loved being around his family and whenever he was home he was really funny.

”We called the charity ‘Touched by an Angel' because when we were at the hospital, someone took Joseph's finger prints and we were able to put it into jewellery.

“It was a lovely thing to do and it is something we will keep forever.

”To me, Joseph was the perfect little boy.“

Lisa and Neil will kick-start the fundraising with the launch event held at Aintree Racecourse.

But they have already found support in the form of Jamie Carragher and players at Everton FC, who have all signed shirts so an auction can take place on the night.

Lisa, said: ”The support that we have got is unbelievable. Within days we sold 400 tickets so hopefully we can raise a lot of money on the night“.

If anyone would like to donate to Lisa and Neil's charity, please visit www.alderheycharity.com/donate/donate-in-memory.






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