Little Pixie’s legacy
A COUPLE whose daughter died at the age of just 13 months are organising a charity swim in her memory.
Pixie Belle Wilson was seen as a 'little angel' to the close-knit family of British troops stationed in Brunei, but in July she was tragically found dead in her cot by her mum.
Now, six months on her parents are joining forces with friends and family to raise money for charity in her honour.
Former Lowestoft schoolgirl Emily Wilson moved to Brunei in November 2009 with her husband Oz, originally from Norwich, and their three children Charlie, Lola and Pixie.
Oz was stationed in the South Asian country with the Army Air Corps and the family were due to stay there for two years.
However on July 3, Emily found their youngest daughter lying face down in her cot. Frantic attempts were made by Oz, the ambulance crew and hospital staff to resuscitate her, but their efforts were in vain.
Emily said: 'She was an absolutely amazing little girl and throughout her life she always surprised us. She had beautiful big blue eyes and every time we went out people would swarm round us, wanting to touch her hand like she was this little angel.'
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Their beloved daughter had suffered a sudden unexpected death and the grief-stricken family returned home to Oxford Road, in Hadleigh, near Ipswich.
'At the time we just wanted to fly away. We have not been back since but would like to go back one day to visit, as we have so many happy memories of Pixie there,' said Emily.
Charlie, ten, was awoken by the commotion in July, and Emily and Oz had the difficult job of explaining to him and Lola, three, what had happened to their sister.
Emily, who grew up in Lowestoft and attended Elm Tree Middle and Kirkley High schools, said: 'If the children are feeling upset I give them a little kiss and hug. We all just talk about her every day to include her and keep her memory alive.'
Now, Oz, 38, and Emily, 33, are organising a 24 hour swim to pay tribute to their daughter and raise funds for the FSID (The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths).
'We would really like to also raise awareness for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and especially the fact that it does affect some babies over one years of age, I never knew this,' said Emily.
On February 12, 36 swimmers will be taking part in a 24 hour swim at Wattisham Army base, where Oz is stationed.
Each will swim a total of four hours each as all six lanes are used at the same time.
Emily said: 'Pixie loved the water, which is why we decided on the idea. After her inquest we were really at a loss as to what to do and how to cope so we have chosen to fundraise for FSID to raise money for research and to help other families like ours.'
Among the swimmers will be Oz, Emily's sister Lucy Marshall and her stepfather Peter Caldwell, who lives in Lowestoft.
Their target is to swim in excess of a marathon and raise �7,000 for the charity.
A month later a group of nine mums in the Brunei Garrison will also be climbing Mount Kinabulu, in Borneo, in memory of Pixie.
The family are also planning to hold a masquerade ball later in the year to raise money for the Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC) program.
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