Lowestoft parents who lost their son helping others affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
PUBLISHED: 07:30 12 May 2017
ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434
Chay Elliston was just six weeks old when he died suddenly in the night.
And as the first anniversary of his death approaches, his parents Hollie and Carl are raising money for a charity supporting other families devastated by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Chay was born in April last year. And although slightly premature and suffering from jaundice, he was a healthy younger brother for the couple’s sons, Jye and Coen, now seven and five.
Mrs Elliston said: “On May 15 last year, we woke up in the night, went to check on him and he’d stopped breathing. He’d just passed away in his sleep.
“That day had been the first time we’d taken him out with his brothers, we’d all gone to Norwich. We came home, he had his bottle as normal and then he didn’t wake up.
“It still seems like a bad dream.”
A post mortem came back with no answers, with Chay’s cause of death being declared Sudden Infant Death.
“There’s no explanation” said Mrs Elliston, 31. “And they said to us at the start that they probably wouldn’t find anything out.”
The couple, who married on what would have been Chay’s first birthday, were invited to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston to talk to doctors and ask questions about their son.
“It would have been easier if we had found something out, but he’s just gone. I’ve come to accept it.”
“You never believe it could happen to you,” said Mr Elliston, 34. “We have good days and bad days, but there’s not a lot you can do.”
So the couple, who live in Oulton Broad, have turned their efforts to fundraising and are now preparing for an event at the Flying Dutchman pub on Saturday, May 20.
Held in Chay’s memory, the night will raise money for The Lullaby Trust, which provides support for bereaved families and raises awareness of SIDS.
Starting at 7pm, it will include music from The Someones, a disco, raffle and an auction for a signed Norwich City shirt.
For more on the charity, visit www.lullabytrust.org.uk