Fifth fundraiser honours Finnley

Luke and Gemma Froude
Luke and Gemma Froude

A couple from Banbury hope to break the £70,000 barrier when they hold a fifth charity day in memory of their son.

Finnley David Froude was born prematurely at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford on January 29, 2010 weighing just 1lb 40z.

Despite being cared for in the Neonatal Care Unit he died aged just four months.

His parents Luke and Gemma held their first Finnley’s Day on what would have been their son’s first birthday, raising nearly £6,500 for SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents).

The now annual event is a popular attraction and the couple hope this year’s event will see them break the £70,000 fundraising barrier.

Mrs Froude said: “We couldn’t do this without the help and support of those who have donated items in the past. We have got £4,000 worth of toys to help us raise funds this year and we are definitely looking forward to the event.”

The fundraiser is at Banbury Town Hall from 9am to 5pm on January 31 and will feature a raffle, stalls and a bouncy castle. If you can help, e-mail