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Team Evie nominated for two national awards

Today is the second anniversary of Evie's death Photo: ITV Border

A charity set up by two bereaved parents in West Cumbria has been nominated for two national awards.

Greg and Jill Johnston, from Great Broughton, organised Team Evie in memory of their daughter who died following a number of health problems - including congenital heart disease.

Evie Johnston passed away when she was six months old, two years ago today.

The charity runs a support group for sick children and other bereaved parents who are facing challenges similar to those experienced with Evie.

Team Evie has now been shortlisted for the 'Committed Baby-loss Volunteer' and 'Inspiration Father' categories at the Butterfly Awards.

The awards recognise those who have lost a baby and gone on to make a difference for other families.

Greg and Jill Johnston Credit: ITV Border

Greg and Jill run Team Evie whilst managing full time jobs as teachers.

They have made donations to nine different medical teams and raised over £100,000 to help others.

Donations include sensory equipment to Carlisle Children’s Ward and physio equipment for the Great North Children’s Hospital.

The pair also donate parent bags, which carry essentials for emergency nights spent in hospital.

Jill says they are both delighted to be nominated for the awards:

It's been a real surprise and we're absolutely delighted that we've got some kind of national recognition now which is really lovely.

It's such a difficult time and we miss her every single day.

Everything we do has been for Evie and we continue so she would have such a positive impact on the world.

It's nice to be nominated and feel that actually we have done her proud. You know, we've done a lot to help other people in Evie's name. It's lovely."

– Jill Johnston, Evie's mum
Evie passed away in September 2015 Credit: ITV Border

Greg says they are overwhelmed with the amount of families they have helped.

It's incredible. To think of how we started, that we've now passed £100,000 raised and to think of the huge amount of families who we've helped is incredible.

We don't stop often to sort of, to take stock, and I think when you do it's a bit mind blowing really to think the sheer number of people who know Evie and know her name and she has helped."

– Greg Johnston, Evie's dad

You can find out more about Greg's story and why he deserves to be nominated for Inspirational Father here:

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