Parents rally round to raise cash for doctors who battled to save son

Dan and Vikki Osborn with their daughters Rebecca, six months, and Charlotte, 2

Dan and Vikki Osborn with their daughters Rebecca, six months, and Charlotte, 2

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ENGINES will roar and motors will clatter at a charity event in memory of a little boy.

A car rally has been organised by a Hampshire couple to thank the doctors who battled to save their two-day-old son.

But their efforts were in vain and baby Samuel Osborn died in parents Vikki and Dan’s arms three years ago.

Now the couple are keeping Samuel’s name alive and raising money for Gosport War Memorial Hospital, where the youngster was born, and Princess Anne Hospital, who tried to treat him for his congenital diaphramic hernia.

It is the second year his parents have held a charity car rally – last year the event, which was held at Stokes Bay, attracted 500 people and raised £700 for the cause.

Due to the event’s success, they are doing it all over again.

This year’s event at Royal Victoria Country Park, in Netley, promises to be even bigger, with bouncy castles, sumo suits, birds of prey and displays from motor groups.

There will also be a visit from children’s TV favourites Peppa Pig and George, Iron Man and the minions from hit movie Despicable Me, and weather permitting there will also be entertainment from dance groups.

Vikki said: “We’re doing it because we don’t want other parents to feel the same pain that we felt after losing Samuel.

“We hope the money the event raises will help save more children’s lives.

“We had an absolutely amazing response from car clubs and we were touched by the amount of support we got from the public last year, so we wanted to do it again this year.

“We’re hoping to make it an annual event.”

The fundraising day runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

The couple are now the parents of two-year-old Charlotte and six-month-old Rebecca.

For more information, and to find out how to get involved, visit Facebook.com/4Samuel or Tweet @4Samuelshow.

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