Widnes parents launch charity in memory of twin boys

First published in Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A WIDNES mum who lost identical twins has launched a charity in their memory.

Anna Rathbone and her husband, Stephen, both aged 33, had twin boys on June 1, 2007.

Neaven was born without part of his brain and skull, a condition called Anencephaly, which affects around one in 10,000 births, and only lived for three and a half hours.

His brother, William, had chronic lung disease and other health problems, and survived for 19 months.

Their parents have raised thousands of pounds for various children’s charities to mark the twins’ anniversaries.

They hope the Neaven and William Trust will transform the lives of disabled youngsters across Halton and provide support for families.

Anna, of Milton Avenue, said:”We do miss them.

“With Neaven, it was a scary journey. He was baptised. William was really happy, always smiling and laughing, despite all his operations.

“The other children have kept us going.”

The couple have a son, Bobby, aged eight, daughter, Leah Rose, aged six, and guardianship of their nephew, Spencer, aged eight. They had twins, a girl and a boy, Willow and Carter, nine months ago.

Anna said: “We feel privileged to have the twins. We feel really lucky to have such a lovely family. When they all grow up, we’re going to foster because I can’t imagine having an empty house.

“We want to help other families going through what we experienced.”

Stephen is a teaching assistant at Spinney Avenue CE Primary School in Ditton.

They are organising a halloween party on October 31 at St Michael’s Club.

They post hats and teddies to tiny ancephalic babies and their trustees will be offering grants to disabled children.

For more details, visit www.neavenandwilliamstrust.co.uk 

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