Zayn’s legacy will be a gift that lives on

Paul Howell before his fundraising 100km bike ride for Zayn's Gift in memory of his nephew Zayn Nawaz. (s)
Paul Howell before his fundraising 100km bike ride for Zayn's Gift in memory of his nephew Zayn Nawaz. (s)

A Clitheroe family recently affected by the heart-breaking still-birth of their baby boy is pulling together to raise funds for families who find themselves in the same situation.

Zayn Nawaz was born on July 27th to parents Yas and Clare, but his heart had tragically stopped beating in the final stages of labour.

Whilst most families finding themselves in a similar position would understandably find it hard just dealing with their own shock and grief, Yas and Clare immediately set about turning the situation into something more positive to try to help others.

Clare commented: “The events following Zayn’s birth showed us that there is a real lack of support for families who have experienced still birth. We found that specialist hospital equipment needed following the birth was limited and bereavement care was minimal outside the immediate family unit.

“We decided to try and raise money to buy much-needed specialist equipment, such as cold cots which enable families to spend time with their baby, to strive to assist grieving parents and families, and also to contribute to research into still births.”

The idea of Zayn’s Gift is that family and friends will participate in fundraising activities and personal challenges in memory of Zayn.

Clare continued: “My brother Paul rode 100km on Sunday on his hand cycle to help raise funds. He has ridden in many events previously, raising lots of money for various charities but Zayn’s Gift is obviously a cause which is now very dear to his heart.”

Family and friends will be participating in many different fundraising activities and personal challenges in memory of Zayn.

For more information on events, or to donate, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/zaynsgift