A MUM who had a stillborn baby 11 years ago has organised a summer ball to support a close cause.

Michelle Codling's daughter Emma died at full term pregnancy in 2009.

Since then the 44-year-old from Leigh has organised a series of events for SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) in Emma's memory.

Last September Michelle and her friend Samantha Murphy walked 34 miles along the Bridgewater Canal and raised more than £5,000.

Michelle's family and other friends also joined in at certain points of the trek.

And on Saturday, June 13, there will be a summer ball at Leigh Sports Village with an Elton John tribute singer in aid of SANDS.

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Michelle and her friend Samantha Murphy on the walk

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People who took part in the event

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From left; Michelle with her daughter Anna, husband Darryl, daughter Ella, son Paul and daughter Isla

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Michelle said: "SANDS is a a vital charity for people who have suffered baby loss.

"It helps a lot of people who have gone through something similar as myself."

Michelle, who attends a SANDS group in Westhoughton, goes to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for a memorial service every June where bereaving parents go to remember their babies.

And on October 15 she raises awareness of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day to highlight the facts that stillborn deaths is a taboo subject to discuss.

On that day Wave of Light services are held across the world, which include the lighting of candles and campaign illuminations.

The summer ball in June begins at 7pm and includes a three-course meal with a disco until 1am.

Tickets are priced at £35.

To book tickets contact Michelle on 07539 003690.

Businesses looking to sponsor the event are asked to get in touch with Michelle.