Recognition for Banbury couple as they reach £80,000 for charity

Luke and Gemma Froude are pictured with their families as they collect their commendation from SSNAP. NNL-150619-114742001
Luke and Gemma Froude are pictured with their families as they collect their commendation from SSNAP. NNL-150619-114742001

A Banbury couple who have raised more than £80,000 for charity following the tragic death of their son have been recognised for their efforts.

Luke and Gemma Froude have held many fundraising events for SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents) after their son Finnley died aged just four months after being born prematurely in 2010.

The highlight of their fundraising has been Finnley’s Day, which has been held on their son’s birthday for the last five years.

The couple were awarded with a trophy by the charity’s patron Lady Lavender Patten at the charity’s AGM at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Wednesday, June 10.

Mrs Froude said: “They contacted us a while ago because they wanted to give us something.

“They allowed us to invite up to ten people so my parents and Luke’s mum came along as well as as those who have helped us through this journey, but we didn’t know what it was going to be,”

Mrs Froude works at Smarts Tots Nursery on Horse Fair while her husband works for Bibby Financial Services. They well recognised in the town for their work and the town’s businesses all come together to help Finnley’s Day make even more money for the charity.

Mrs Froude added: “It is all about raising awareness of the charity but also for people who do not have babies as well. We were quite proud as it was not really expected but there are many fundraisers doing their bit and we never wanted anything back.”

Everyone in the town has been really supportive and they all know our story.”

In their recent charity, initiative Mr Froude has just finished trekking the Four Peaks to raise money for SSNAP. He was joined by ten other colleagues from Bibby and started last Friday, finshing on Sunday.

He raised about £2,000 from the event, which brings the couple’s total amount to nearly £81,500.

SSNAP is the Oxford-based charity at the John Radcliffe Hospital that supports sick and premature babies. The unit comprises the intensive care, high dependency and low dependency nurseries and can cater for up to 53 babies.

For more details visit www.ssnap.org.uk