'It was such a heartbreaking time' - death of friend's baby inspires teenager's fundraising (From Times Series)
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Teenager Charlie Corbett holds charity Barnet golf tournament in aid of stillborn support charity SANDS
A teenager has single-handedly organised a charity event in an emotional tribute to a friend who gave birth to a stillborn baby.
Charlie Corbett said he “could not sit back and do nothing” after the traumatic incident – so is planning a golf tournament at The Shire, St Albans Road, Barnet, on Friday to raise money for SANDS.
Close family friend Samantha Baker carried her daughter Ruby to full term without any complications – but the baby died on the morning she was due to give birth.
The 17-year-old has set himself an ambitious target of raising £7,000 for the charity, which supports families of stillborn children.
He said: “It’s very personal to me and my family. It was such a horrible and heartbreaking time for everyone because it was just so unexpected.
“I was determined to do something to help and raise awareness, it didn’t feel right just sitting back and doing nothing.
“It’s not a very well known charity but it should be.”
Arsenal supporter Charlie, who lives in Aycliffe Road, Borehamwood, has given up his half term to prepare for the event.
After hearing about his inspirational idea, various companies offered to donate raffle prizes – including a signed Arsenal shirt and a golfing trip to Celtic Manor, Wales, worth £3,000.
Charlie, who has already raised £6,000 for the charity, now hopes to hold annual events to support SANDS.
He added: “It’s been a huge learning curve for me because I’ve had to try and haggle raffle prizes, but it’s all been worth it.
“I’ve really enjoyed planning it, it feels like a huge achievement. Really, it’s no trouble at all and I think it’s important we have charity events like this.
“All my friends and family have been so supportive. I really can’t wait for the big day now.”
To donate to Charlie's cause, visit www.justgiving.co.uk/charlie-corbett
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