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Cubley Mother Appears On This Morning

Wednesday May 8 2013

Nicola Richardson Nicola Richardson

A MOTHER from Cubley has appeared on national television and met Samantha Cameron after raising £50,000 for charity in the wake of her son's death.

Nicola Richardson, 34, spoke to This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about 17-month-old Alexander, who died from sudden infant death syndrome in February 2007.

And the week after she met prime minister’s wife as a guest at 10 Downing Street for her work for the Lullaby Trust, which provides support for bereaved families and promotes advice on safer baby sleep.

Nicola, who was joined for the TV interview by husband Ian, 36, said, although it was difficult, the show's hosts helped her relax.

"It was such a brilliant day, there was support for us all the way through.

"The presenters are really lovely people and put us both at ease.

"I was really, really nervous and shaking but I knew if I didn’t go and do that then I would miss an opportunity to raise awareness for the charity and of sudden infant death."

Nicola hosts Alexander's Charity Ball close to the anniversary of her son's death to raise funds for the charity.

She was invited to Downing Street as part of her fundraising efforts - after sharing Alexander's story on ITV's This Morning.

More than six years on, Nicola's impressive fundraising efforts show no signs of stopping but she still has questions about what happened to her young son.

"Alexander was a happy, healthy and very cheeky 17-month-old so his death caused my family untold heartache as well as complete confusion.

"How does a healthy baby go to bed full of beans and not wake up the next morning?"

The toddler remains a big part of the Richardson family and is regularly talked about by his twin brother Harrison, seven, and three other brothers Thomas, 16, Jack, 14 and Joseph, three.

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Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday May 8 2013 at 12:39
I lost my brother to SID's in 1987 and there are still as many questions now as there was all that time ago. The pain of losing him has never gone away partly because of those unanswered questions, partly because at the time there was no aftercare for the siblings. Even though he was a sibling I know where Nicola is coming from when she say's a healthy baby does not go to sleep and just not wake up and I can sympathise with the families loss. It is heartbreaking..