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Alcester dad's bowling challenge raises money for sudden death charity

Stratford Editorial 18th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A FATHER whose daughter died after being born prematurely has raised more than £2,000 in her name to help other bereaved parents.

Ruby Reynolds was born at just 23 weeks and only lived for a few hours.

She died in 2010, leaving dad Derek heartbroken.

Wanting to support those in a similar position, 43-year-old Derek decided to raise money for Jack’s Rainbow – a charity helping parents bereaved by sudden death.

Derek – who is from Warwick but now lives in Alcester with his partner Liz, son Jack and stepson Harry – held a bowling challenge to raise money for the charity’s latest initiative to buy a caravan in Cornwall.

The £2,100 raised through Derek’s bowling challenge will help towards the charity’s £25,000 total to offer bereaved families somewhere to go after losing a child.

Despite months of practicing, Derek fell just short of his target to score 2015 pins from 15 games of ten pin bowling – ending the challenge with a result of 1991 pins.

Planning manager Derek said: “It was a bit disappointing as I’d succeeded in my last practice attempt. However I can’t be too hard on myself as it was always going to be a challenging target, and to get 99 per cent of the way there and still have a chance right up to the final frame shows how realistic it was.”

Derek is now looking at future sporting fund-raising events and would like anyone wishing to be involved to get in touch.

Email dpreynolds1971@yahoo.co.uk to find out more.