A WOMAN who had a baby relative that died from a cot death is helping a cause close to her heart.

Michelle Lomax-Hargreaves, of Gordon Street, Leigh had a great nephew, Kallum Bungay, who passed away 12 years ago at the age of 10 weeks from sudden infant death syndrome.

Kallum’s parents, Charlotte and Matt formed a charity last October, Kallum’s Rainbow, to support couples who go on to have a baby after losing a child.

Since Kallum's death, Charlotte and Matt have had a son, Jude, eight. 

The charity organises family days across the UK, provide equipment for parents and has a helpline.

And Michelle, 50, is leading fundraising events in the north for the charity.

She said: "It was a very big shock when Kallum died obviously.

"Matt and Charlotte have decided to help people that have been in the same situation as them and there are so many that are struggling.

"It is important for families to know they are not alone in these difficult times and that there is always someone available to listen, and if required, help."

In October 2007, Kallum had been sleeping in the afternoon on his parents' bed where they lived in Wiltshire.

When Charlotte checked on him she found he wasn't breathing.

Matt had been into the room to see Kallum five minutes before that and he was fine.

He rushed upstairs and tried to resuscitate Kallum while they waited for an ambulance.

Matt tried to resuscitate Kallum for 15 to 20 minutes before the paramedics arrived.

Kallum was flown to the Royal United Hospital in Bath by an air ambulance, but after doctors tried to revive him, Kallum was finally pronounced dead.

James Morley, who runs Gremlins Games stall at Leigh Market, recently raised £204 for the charity after receiving sponsors for powerlifting at Hybrid HQ fitness centre in Wigan.

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James Morley powerlifting at Hybrid HQ gym in Wigan

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Michelle receives sponsorship money from Leigh Market stallholder James Morley

Michelle will also have a stall at Atherton Carnival on Sunday, June 23 where there will be a tombola and items such as teddy bears and ceramic badges on sale.

If you have any items that can be donated for the carnival tombola or you want to join in with any of the events click here via Facebook and message the group.

Alternatively call Michelle on 07925 326576.

For more information about Kallum's Rainbow click here.