A CHARITY set up by Bromsgrove parents Richard and Charlotte Sharratt in memory of their little girl who lost her life has been given a massive boost after a company donated almost £20,000.
Worcester-based technology company Open GI raised £19,432.05 for Libby Mae’s Little Angels after making the cause its 2014 charity of the year.
An initial target of £7,500 was set but the number of events organised exceeded expectations with a summer fete, charity car wash, sporting activities, dress down days, cake sales and more seeing the amazing amount raised.
Libby Mae was born at Birmingham Women’s Hospital on April 26, 2013, but passed away two weeks later. She had a rare condition whereby a vein between her left lung and her heart did not develop properly.
Richard and Charlotte initially asked for donations for neo-natal units but as more and more people got behind the cause, the couple decided to launch Libby Mae’s Little Angels as a charity. By the end of last year, more than £100,000 had been collected.
Charlotte told The Standard: “We were astonished at the amount raised by Open GI, we made a real connection with their staff too and several have already offered their continued support to the charity.
“Being a new, vibrant and fun charity we love to interact with our supporters and hope we can now attract more corporate supporters.”
Chris Guillaume, Open GI’s chief executive officer, said: “We’re delighted to have raised such vital funds for Libby Mae’s Little Angels and hope our contribution will continue to allow them to provide key resources and support to neo-natal Units throughout the Midlands.
“I would like to thank each and every staff member involved who worked tirelessly to continue to raise money for this chosen charity throughout 2014.”
For more on the charity, visit www.libbymaeslittleangels.com, ‘like’ Little Mae’s Little Angels on Facebook or follow the cause on Twitter: @libbymaesangels.