A WEDDING has started a new life for a devoted couple as they pledge to support other bereaved parents.

Chloe Rathbone, 25, and her partner Philip Ashworth, 34, were heartbroken after losing their baby son at 21 weeks.

The Middlewich teaching assistant was overcome with joy when Philip proposed to her as they commemorated the painful day they had hoped to become parents.

The couple say they received great help and support from Leighton Hospital.

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Philip and Chloe want to thank Leighton Hospital for all the help and support they received

After losing their baby in January, they were grateful to be able to spend 24 hours with their son in a private suite.

"To be able to have that opportunity was very precious," said Chloe, who teaches children with special needs at Middlewich High School. "Leighton Hospital were amazing, you couldn't fault them at all. The care we had on the day was incredible."

Chloe's sister Leah Banks, 19, and her friend Kate Wilson, who both work for Barclays, organised a race night at Meadow Bank Social Club in Winsford to thank the maternity unit for all the support they gave the family.

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Chloe and her sister Leah

The charity event raised £2,867, thanks to the generosity of 20 local companies and businesses, including Payzone Bill Payments, who gave donations and provided raffle prizes.

The money will help to refurbish a special room at the hospital set aside for bereaved parents.

Leah said: "We were really happy, it was a great amount to raise. Everyone was really generous, we got loads of support. We would also like to thank all the companies who gave donations and prizes."

Chloe's mum Steph Banks added: "We cannot thank the maternity unit at Leighton Hospital enough in the support they gave not only to Chloe and Phillip, but the family too. Nothing was too much trouble."

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A spokesman for Leighton Hospital said: "We would like to thank Leah and Kate for organising their fantastic race night. The money raised will support the Lost Little Ones baby bereavement suite appeal.

"The appeal will provide funds to refurbish a room and attached outside space on the labour ward at Leighton Hospital for bereaved parents."

Leah and Kate plan to take part in the Merry Mile at Crewe Park in November in aid of the appeal.