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Pomeroy father launches heartfelt funding campaign

A POMEROY man has launched a campaign to raise awareness of a devastating brain condition which has tragically claimed the lives of his two sons.

 
Charlie Corcoran, who now lives in London and his wife, Sharon, have raised more than £3,000 so far. He is hoping that the money will be used to help other families of children with the genetic brain condition, polymicrogyria, which affects the proper development of a baby’s brain while in the womb.
 
Mr Corcoran (29), who works as a lorry driver, and his wife, Sharon, lost their two sons within weeks last year.
 
Little Noah was born with polymicrogyria and an under-developed heart and lived for six hours after birth on June 11, last year. Then, three-year-old Charlie died on July 4.
 
The couple have now launched a Gofundme page to help raise money for equipment capable of helping children in a similar position to their two much-loved sons.
 
“To say we are devastated would be an understatement, but we want to do something that can let their (Charlie and Noah) memories live on and help other families as well,” Mr Corcoran said.
 
“Our goal is to raise money to go towards much-needed equipment for one of the hospitals that Charlie spent a lot of time in, Northwick Park Hospital, for machines such as opti-flow and c-pap machines.
 
“Most people wouldn’t have a clue what these machines are. We didn’t before we were blessed with Charlie and Noah. 
 
“But basically they are machines to help babies and young children to breath when they are poorly.
 
“Lots of children have chest infections such as bronchitis or even younger babies who have a simple common virus can often have life-threatening symptoms and can’t breath effectively on their own. This is why machines such as opti-flow and c-papare so important.”
 
Mr Corcoran says the money they raise will go towards purchasing additional machines for their local hospital. 
 
He expressed the hope that the machines could be dedicated to their two young sons, who “lit up our world when they were here.”
 
“Any amount of time with both of the boys is never enough. If we could help other families get more time with their children and loved ones it would make us beyond happy,” Mr Corcoran added.
 
“Our sons lit our world when they were here and hopefully by doing this and remembering them they can light up other families lives as well.”
 
• The Gofundme page can be found at www.gofundme.com/charlie-and-noahs-shining-light
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