"Toddle Waddle" in memory of Kerry

3 April 2013

Almost 30 preschool twins and triplets will on Sunday (7 April) take part in a "Toddle Waddle" in Colchester in memory of a former Clacton teacher who died aged 30.

Money raised from the event at the King George V Playing Field, Wivenhoe, will be donated to the Stroke Unit at Colchester General Hospital and the Neuro Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Wivenhoe mother-of-three Kerry Farrow, a former science teacher at Clacton County High School and Colbayns High School, Clacton, who died on 14 December after suffering a brain haemorrhage last summer, was treated at both units.

The Toddle Waddle is being organised by the Colchester Twins & Triplets Club which Mrs Farrow joined after she gave birth to twins Florence and Zachary in September 2009. Her son Noah, four, had been born the previous year.

Her children and husband, Nick, assistant head teacher at Manningtree High School, will take part in the event.

Mrs Farrow's friend Sam [Samantha] Cooper, Chair of Colchester Twins & Triplets Club, said: "Many of the club's member families knew Kerry well and this is our way of showing our support and love to her family.

"It was Nick's idea to raise money for the units where she was treated and he was particularly keen for patients at the local hospital to benefit from any fundraising.

"There has already been over £5,500 raised in Kerry's memory and the Toddle Waddle is among a number of events which will be held throughout the year, including a charity ball in Hertfordshire in the summer."

The majority of the £5,500+ is being donated to the Neuro Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke's.

Mrs Cooper said that Mr Farrow described the care his wife had received on the Stroke Unit in Colchester as wonderful and had remarked on the dedication, professionalism and sensitivity of the team there.

The theme of Sunday's Toddle Waddle, which is expected to last between 11am and 11.30am, will be "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and is named after the best-selling children's book of the same name by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

It is expected that 13 pairs of twins and one pair of triplets will take part in the event which will include the children having to cross an imaginary river and going into a "cave" in the form of a gazebo. All the children will be given a sticker and certificate for taking part.

Mrs Farrow, who would have celebrated her 31st birthday on 16 April, had also been head girl as a pupil at Clacton County High School. She had originally trained as an occupational therapist.

Shortly before becoming ill last year, she won two prizes at the National Blog Awards in London, one for the Best Family Blog and one for the Most Innovative Blog for her and websites which are both still available on the web.

Caroline Bates, Fundraising Manager of Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC), said: "We are very grateful to Kerry's family and friends for organising this fundraising event in her memory.

"The money raised will be used by CoHoC to enhance the amenities and environment of the Stroke Unit for our patients."

Colchester Twins & Triplets Club originally set itself a total fundraising target of £200 from the Toddle Waddle but has already raised £180.

A father connected to the club works for Barclays, which has agreed to double the sum raised up to a figure of £750.

* To make a donation in Mrs Farrow's memory for the Stroke Unit at Colchester General Hospital, click on this link:

To donate to the Neuro Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke's, visit:

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