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Football match to be played in memory of youngster who died suddenly on her sleep

Football match to be played in memory of youngster who died suddenly on her sleep

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

A CHARITY football match will be played in memory of a three-year-old girl from Bootle, who died suddenly in her sleep without any known health conditions.

Annayah Rosa Balmer was described as “happy and healthy” before she went to bed on April 16, but tragically she never woke up.

The family say they are still waiting to find out her cause of death.

After Annayah passed away, her mum Talya White, 24, and dad Anthony Balmer, were supported by The Snowdrops Team at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with counselling and regular check-ups, which continue to this day.

They want to give something back to the bereavement team and will hold a charity football match on Friday, October 1 at Bootle FC’s stadium, on Vesty Road.

Tickets cost £10 and under 16s go free. The match kicks off at 6.45pm and there will be a bar and raffle. The match will be played between Talya and Anthony’s family members and friends.

Annayah’s nan, Julie, told the Champion: “We still don’t know what happened to Annayah. She went to bed and was gone the next morning. We are still waiting to see what the cause was.

“When it happened the Snowdrops team were amazing. We are still getting calls from them today asking if we are ok. And it’s not just the mum and dad, I was supported as well.

“They helped with the funeral and even helped us get her christened, which they did in the grounds of the hospital.

“We want to raise money for them but also awareness because I hadn’t heard of them and I don’t think many other people have either. They do amazing work and support families.”

The Snowdrop Team provides a 24 hour, 365 days a year response service to families who’s child dies at or is brought to Alder Hey following their death.

They say that a Bereavement Care Worker will be available to support the family within an hour of a child’s death and in the weeks following.

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