Thousands raised in memory of Amy and Harry

The money was handed over to the charity's founder Claire Maitland to purchase the equipment by Megan Mitchell, one of the organisers, and Amy's girls Halle and Chloe.
The money was handed over to the charity's founder Claire Maitland to purchase the equipment by Megan Mitchell, one of the organisers, and Amy's girls Halle and Chloe.

A Mearns community has raised thousands of pounds to buy lifesaving equipment in memory of a pregnant mother who died at a coffee morning.

31-year-old Amy Wilson, was just weeks away from giving birth to her third child when she collapsed at a festive fundraising event at the Masonic Hall in Laurencekirk in November 2013.

Since then the community rallied together to raise thousands of pounds for a defibrillator and a plaque to be set up in the hall in memory of Amy and her unborn son, Harry. The Stars in the Sky campaign raised around £10,000 which has been donated to the Sandpiper Trust, which focuses on improving immediate health care in remote and rural areas of Scotland.

Funds will also go towards another heart start machine at the new Mearns Academy campus.

A statement from the fundraising committee said: “After the sudden death of Amy and baby Harry in Laurencekirk, and as Amy was a parent of the out of school club, parents then started to bring money in to support the children.

“Megan Mitchell and Marjolein Donker headed and formed a committee with parents from out of school club and decided that the money should go towards defibrillators for Laurencekirk as on the morning of Amy’s death there was not a defibrillator available.

“Amy’s death had such a huge impact on our village as she was such a lovely and well-liked person and is still sorely missed by family and friends. We hope by having defibrillators in the village it might one day save someone’s life. The committee would like to thank everybody for their donations 
and support.”

Any funds left over will go towards a bench in the town dedicated to Amy and Harry.

It is not clear whether a defibrillator could have saved Ms Wilson and her baby. Tests are ongoing into the cause of her sudden death.

The fundraising campaign started with a night at Dizzy Rascals inLaurencekirk, hosted by Huw and Lynne Jones which raised £3300. Several large donations from companies followed. A fundraising coffee morning raised 
another £1000.