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Woody inspires charity

Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:57:26


A bereaved father has launched a new children’s charity in memory of his baby son.

Woody (below), who was born to Cofton Hackett couple Matthew and Amy last September, had an “ultra-rare” disease known as Congenital Alveolar Dysplasia, and died in his parents’ arms aged 22 days.

Matthew has now joined up with local volunteers to form The Woody Alvin Foundation, a charity based on giving and doing great things for very sick children and their families.


The charity’s “Send A Friend” campaign donates soft toys to very sick children and their siblings as a comfort companion during a very frightening time.

An online shop and mobile pop-up shop sell the toys in a buy-one-get-one-free deal where the free one goes to a child in hospital.

“Supporters get to keep their own soft toy, knowing that another will be donated in their name to a very deserving child,” says Matthew.

Through fundraising and events the foundation can also make available other comforts and activities for families in receipt of critical or terminal care.

The Rev Sheri Gidney, a trustee of the foundation, says: “The charity is born of first-hand experience of receiving critical care and therefore wanting to offer support that is both compassionate and practical in this most challenging of situations.”

For more information, including the chance to win a £15 Amazon voucher, find The Woody Alvin Foundation (@thewafoundation) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Top: Founder Matthew Meredith-Storer with volunteers Julia Wilson, Carla Newby, June Storer and Rev Sheri Gidney

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