Grantham family’s musical night raises over £1000 for charities

Ami with her mum Angie Virden at the event.
Ami with her mum Angie Virden at the event.
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A night organised by the family of a young woman who suffered the stillbirth of her son has raised more than £1000 for two charities.

Last year Ami Virden from Hornsby Road lost her son Joseph, and in his memory Ami and her family arranged a charity night of singing and dancing at Grantham College.

Attendees at the charity night.

Attendees at the charity night.

More than 100 people attended the event raising over £1000 to be split between The Lincolnshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group and The Lily Mae Foundation, which supports those who have gone through a stillbirth or neonatal death.

Ami said: “The response from our audience was immense. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm towards the entertainment.

“The room was filled with love for those remembering their little lost ones, and everyone took part in lighting a candle at the beginning of the night in remembrance. We all did our little Joseph proud.”

At the end of the night, Ami and her family danced on stage to ‘Let Me Go’ by Gary Barlow, which he wrote in memory of the daughter he and his wife lost.

Not only did Ami find the song uplifting, but she was touched when the audience joined in with their final musical number.

She added: “All in all it was a fabulous night and we thank everyone who contributed to making it so successful for both charities.

“We plan to do the same every year to mark Joseph’s birthday and make such happy memories as we would have done every year for his birthday as though he were still with us.”