Rugby mum raises thousands in memory of young son who died in crash on M6

Freddie Fox with his mum, Charlotte Jolliffe

Freddie Fox with his mum, Charlotte Jolliffe

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A heartbroken mum has raised thousands of pounds in memory of her young son, one year on from his tragic death.

Little Freddie Fox died following a crash on the M6 near Rugby on December 7 last year.

Charlotte with her sister, Annabel, at the Starlight Ball

Charlotte with her sister, Annabel, at the Starlight Ball

The family’s car veered off the motorway and hit a tree. Despite the best efforts of the medical team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, 13-month-old Freddie could not be saved and he died from his injuries on December 10.

Freddie’s mum, Charlotte Jolliffe, and her family and friends, have been raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the air ambulance, and other charities through their charitable trust called Freddie’s Wish.

Charlotte is also working to support other families who have lost a child.

“Life is still hard, the pain doesn’t ease even a year on,” Charlotte said.

Freddie was the most incredible little boy and we had the most wonderful 13 months with him

Charlotte Jolliffe, Freddie’s mum

“The prospect of living a life without the joy of Freddie in it is still a hard concept to comprehend and accept.

“Your life starts to rebuild around your broken heart even when you don’t want it to and you slowly start to gain a small level of normality.

“However, the overwhelming waves of grief are never far away and that’s something with a child bereavement that I’ve learnt will always remain so raw, as it’s the price we’ll all pay for ultimate love,” Charlotte said.

The family held a Starlight Ball at Dunchurch Park Hotel on December 5 and raised an incredible £15,000 for Freddie’s Wish, taking this year’s fundraising total to £35,000.

Organisers have thanked local businesses and organisations that donated prizes to the auction and raffle.

Celebrities including Sir Richard Branson, Kate Winslet and Jason Atherton also donated items to support Freddie’s Wish.

Charlotte said: “We as a family would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has supported Freddie’s Wish, whether that be financially or by joining in our events.

“We have raised an amazing £35,000 over the last 12 months for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, A Child of Mine and, of course, Freddie’s Wish and we couldn’t have done any of it without your kind generosity.

“Freddie’s Wish has given me a purpose and a focus which has been so useful in giving me a crutch through the toughest year.

“I don’t think we’ll ever come to terms with Freddie’s death, but being able to fill the void in child bereavement services within Warwickshire and make a huge difference to many families lives means that Freddie didn’t die in vain.”

Charlotte added: “Freddie was the most incredible little boy and we had the most wonderful 13 months with him, filled with so much happiness and laughter. He was such a character, in just one look he could melt your heart or have you in stitches. I’ve never known a one year old have such an impact on some many people’s lives and be so loved and now so sorely missed by everyone.”

To find out how Freddie’s Wish helps families in Warwickshire, visit www.freddieswish.org