Brave couple almost at £20,000 charity mark

Justin Hargrave and Emma Hargrave, with raffle prizes for their fundraising ball at The Design House restaurant, Dean clough

Justin Hargrave and Emma Hargrave, with raffle prizes for their fundraising ball at The Design House restaurant, Dean clough

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A BRAVE pair of fund-raisers have had a £5,000 boost for their total.

Justin and Emma Hargrave have been fundraising for Tommy’s - a charity which funds research into pregnancy problems.

The pair lost four babies between 2005 and 2009 and have since raised a whopping £19,487 for the charity which supported them through their darkest days.

The couple, of Ashlar Grove, Queensbury, both work for RSA Insurance at Dean Clough, Halifax.

They have organised two balls - named after their son Evan who arrived 12 weeks early on Valentine’s Day 2009 weighing just 1lb 4oz.

He bravely battled for two months before his parents had to make the agonising choice to turn off his ventilator.

When pregnant with Joel, Emma developed pre-eclampsia, a serious condition for mother and baby.

Joel, who was born 13 weeks early, only survived for 30 minutes. Nine weeks into their second pregnancy the couple were told the baby hadn’t survived, and their son Cameron had no heartbeat.

The balls raised thousands, thanks to the support of family, friends, and strangers. And they worked tirelessly to find raffle prizes to help boost their total.

Justin has worked for the company since 1997 and Emma since November.

In December they applied for money through RSA’s Community Awards Scheme.

The scheme is designed to reward the dedication and time given by staff through volunteering and fundraising.

Individuals are given £500 and there are three special awards of £5,000 given to the outstanding entries.

The couple said: “To receive such an award for a charity of your choice from your employer is fantastic and we just like to say a massive thank you to them.

“The fact they support so many charities through matched giving and community programmes already makes it even more special that they can recognise the efforts of their staff over and above this.

“We’ll never forget the award and the difference this is going to make to a charity such as Tommy’s.”

The couple’s efforts have also been recognised at a reception at Downing Street.

To add to their total visit www.tommys.org/evansbutterflyball.