Staff help out hospital after couple’s tragedy

Fundraisers for The Horton Hospital at Orchard Fields Primary School, Banbury. Front, Dawn Franklin and Sam McLeod. Back, from the left, James Delarue, Bernadette Stuart, Laura Morgan, Adele Godsil and Karen Foreman. NNL-150324-170857009
Fundraisers for The Horton Hospital at Orchard Fields Primary School, Banbury. Front, Dawn Franklin and Sam McLeod. Back, from the left, James Delarue, Bernadette Stuart, Laura Morgan, Adele Godsil and Karen Foreman. NNL-150324-170857009

Staff at a Banbury primary school have raised £1,600 for the Horton General Hospital to support two teachers who lost their daughter at Christmas.

Sam McLeod and his partner Dawn Franklin both work at Orchard Fields Community School in Edmunds Road, and after their daughter Suzie Ann McLeod was stillborn on December 20 last year, the couple wanted to give something back to the staff and midwives at the hospital who helped them through a tragic time.

And while they were on compassionate leave away from the school, staff took it upon themselves to help raise as much money as possible by organising various fundraising events.

The money will go towards buying four sonic aid machines, which measure unborn babies’ heartbeats during pregnancy.

Mr McLeod, 29, is the science co-ordinator at the school, and said he is amazed by the support the school and its staff has given the couple.

He said: “The staff and midwives at the hospital were so fantastic we wanted to do something to thank them.

“They said they needed some sonic units as they only had one for the department and even added people sometimes steal them and put them on selling sites like eBay.

“It was a wave of devastation when it happened, but while Dawn and I were on compassionate leave staff held events to help raise some money. They were doing a cake 
sale and people were putting in £10 notes, which was brilliant. A raffle raised £1,100 on its own.

“We were amazed by the support shown, the school is like an extended family to us.” Other events in the future include five members of staff taking part in a gruelling Wolf Run on April 10, while Mr McLeod and other teachers will have their legs waxed on April 24. The couple, who live in King’s Sutton, also paid thanks to the parents of the school who – along with staff – helped reach the fundraising target.

Mr McLeod added: “They were all so understanding with everything.”