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Proceeds from ball held in memory of leukaemia boy to go to charity

Charlie in hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Proceeds from a ball to be held in memory of Charlie Harris Beard will go to his charity Cords4life.

Charlie from Worcestershire, died in February from leukaemia but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

Charlie's parents now want to make sure others can benefit from cord blood donation.

Ball to be held for boy who died from leukaemia

Charlie was visited in hospital by JLS before he died Credit: ITV News Central

Two-year old Charlie Harris-Beard, who died of leukaemia in February, will be remembered at a ball to be held in May.

Charlied died after battling Acute Myeloid leukaemia in February 2013. All of the proceeds from the ball will go to Charlie's charity Cords4life.

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Cord blood donation is risk free

When Leah Goleniowska from Melton Mowbray gave birth to her baby son Max 11 days ago, she chose to donate his umbilical cord.

The process is risk-free for the mother and the baby. It takes ten minutes to donate.

"From something that is classed as clinical waste anyway, it takes nothing to take a sample of blood from that which can be used. It's just nice to know that from having our son somebody else can actually benefit from that."

– Leah Goleniowska

Cord blood donation, report

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation.

Two year old Charlie Harris Beard from Worcestershire, died last month from leukemia, but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

Charlie's parents now want to make sure others can benefit from cord blood donation.

Cord blood donation centres only in the Midlands

Charlie in hospital Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation in an attempt to make sure others can be saved.

In the Midlands there are three places where women can donate their umbilical cord after birth, in partnership with the Anthony Nolan Trust.

There are cord blood collection centres at The Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General and the Birmingham Women's Hospital.

Outside of London and the South-East, the only public cord centres are in Leicester or Birmingham, which is why Charlie Harris Beard's parents are campaigning for change.

They have started a petition where they want to spark a debate in Parliament, so there are more cord collection centres.

Cord blood donation can save waste and lives

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation in an attempt to make sure others can be saved.

Two year old Charlie Harris Beard from Worcestershire, died last month from leukemia, but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

After birth, the umbilical cord is normally thrown away, as it is classed as clinical waste.

The cord blood inside though, is rich in stem cells. If collected, a woman can potentially give birth and save a life on the same day.

Charlie's dad, Joe Beard, says the transplant Charlie received prolonged his life and they now want more people to benefit.

You can sign the petition and find out more on how you can donate.

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Cord blood donation campaign launched by parents of Charlie Harris-Beard

Charlie Harris-Beard Credit: ITV News Central

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation.

Two year old Charlie Harris Beard from Worcestershire, died last month from leukemia, but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

Charlie's parents now want to make sure others can benefit from cord blood donation.

Read more about Charlie.

Fundraising event in memory of Charlie Harris-Beard

Two-year old Charlie Harris-Beard, who died of leukaemia earlier this month, was remembered today as his family and friends got together for a fundraising event.

A bouncy castle, face painting and a magic show entertained the crowds and helped to raise money for the Cords4Life charity, set up by his parents from Kidderminster.

They're hoping to increase awareness of how umbilical cord donations can save lives.

Lantern lighting ceremony in memory of Charlie Harris-Beard

Library picture of floating lantern being lit Credit: PA

A lantern lighting ceremony in memory of a 2-year-old boy from Worcestershire who recently lost his fight with leukaemia is taking place this evening.

Charlie Harris-Beard died at the weekend. His family are trying to raise awareness about umbilical cord donation after a stem-cell transplant helped prolong his life.

Charlie's funeral was in Kidderminster yesterday.**

Tonight's lantern lighting will start at 8:00pm at the Lickey Hills off Monument Lane.

Floating lanterns in the sky Credit: ITV Central

Special memorial ceremony for Charlie Harris-Beard

Charlie's funeral took place yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

The family of a two-year-old boy from Kidderminster, who died from leukaemia last weekend, will be holding a special ceremony in his memory today.

Hundreds of people will be lighting candles to commemorate Charlie Harris-Beard.

His family want to raise awareness of umblical cord donation, after a transplant helped prolong his life.

His funeral took place at St Mary's Church in Kidderminster yesterday.

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