A COLLECTION to raise money for an incubator ventilator in the memory of baby Ché Booke has been boosted by the West Riding Masons.
Ché’s family, who live in Heckmondwike, started the Ché Brook Memorial Fund after the baby died just days old at Leeds General Infirmary in January 2009.
He was placed in the special incubator, which has a cooling mat to lower the body temperature and slowly warms up to trigger the brain to function and get the major organs working.
Unfortunately the process was unsuccessful for little Ché, and doctors advised his mum, Kelly, to switch off the machine just 72 hours after he was born.
Kelly and her family set up the memorial fund to raise money for more of the specialist equipment at the hospital. They hope to raise £25,000.
The fund, which is not a registered charity, has so far reached £20,040 thanks to the family’s friends and local businesses.
Kelly and Ché’s grandma, Kim Halloran, who also lives in Heckmondwike, visited the masons of the Trafalgar Lodge, who presented them with a cheque for £2,040.
Kim said: “We are so grateful for this large sum of money.
“We are not far from our target now.”
Kelly said the family hoped the target would be reached early next year.
“A big thank you to everyone who has supported us,” she said.