Raising money and awareness for tragic Hollie-Marie

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Fundraisers are being organised to help pay for a headstone for a six-week-old baby who died earlier this year, as well as for two good causes.

The Mansfield family of Hollie-Marie Anne Tomlinson are hoping to raise more than £4,000 that will be split between charities supporting those affected by hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and Dandy Walker syndrome (a congenital brain malformation).

A portion of the money is to pay for the headstone at the tot’s grave on Nottingham Road.

Baby Hollie-Marie suffered from a long list of health complications when she was born in December.

Now her mother, Nicole, wants to raise awareness, and is planning a stall on Mansfield market on Saturday, 9th August, followed by a sponsored walk on 17th August from Mansfield town centre to the cemetery on Nottingham Road, where there are plans to release balloons in the youngster’s memory.

To help hit the £4,000 target, Nicole is also looking to organise a sponsored swim.

The 22-year-old from Bellamy Road, said: “We want to make people aware, I had never heard of these conditions before we were told about them.”

Doctors only gave Hollie-Marie a few hours to live when she was born, but she fought on for another six weeks.

Other major health issues included her only having one lung, a hole in her heart and her organs being back to front.

Nicole added: “It’s been very hard and is getting harder as time goes on, but you just learn to deal with it.

“I have to deal with it because I have a two-year-old son. I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for my mum.”

To join the walk or donate money, contact Nicole on 07516 451472.