A CUPAR couple who lost their five-year-old son in tragic circumstances have been given fresh hope with the birth of a baby daughter almost two years after his death.
Little Sam Jennings died suddenly on July 27, 2009, when he suffered heart failure while enjoying a day out with his family at Cairnie Fruit Farm, leaving his parents Tom and Donna and big sister Joy (10) devastated.
But this week Donna told the Fife Herald how the birth of baby Zoe - a Biblical name which means ‘life’ - has helped to heal the family’s pain as the anniversary of Sam’s death approaches.
Zoe will be with the family when they make an emotional to Cairnie on July 27 to place a bench at the cherry tree planted in memory of the big brother she never met and to raise awareness of the charity he helped inspire.
Zoe was born in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on June 8, weighing a healthy 7lbs 9oz.
“It was a very emotional experience”, said Donna (40).
“She is absolutely gorgeous and while we can never replace Sam she is helping to bring some healing into our lives.
“She sleeps in the same crib that Sam did and Joy is over the moon with her baby sister.
“After losing Sam, we felt that Zoe was a very appropriate name, as it means ‘life’.”
She added: ”We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness that people in Cupar have shown to us following Zoe’s birth and we are so grateful for the support they have given to FLOC, the charity I was in the process of establishing when Sam died.
“In particular, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the pupils at Bell Baxter High School, who donated an amazing £1400 after reading about the charity in the Fife Herald.”
A dramatherapist and children’s book author, Donna founded FLOC - For the Love of a Child - with the aim of improving the emotional and mental health and well-being of children and their families in Scotland and overseas through the medium of dramatherapy and other creative therapies.
Already money that has been raised with the help of local people has been used to create a play centre in war-torn Afghanistan named ‘Samuel’s House.’
For more information about FLOC, visit www.fortheloveofachild.org.uk