A new charity is being set up for bereaved children who need emotional support and help with day-to-day life.
Tammy’s Wishes is the organisation being started in memory of the late Tammy Smith of Biggleswade, who tragically died of a heart attack caused by a rare bacterial infection in August.
The charity is being launched by Tammy’s mother, Jenny Lingley, with help from one of the late mum-of-nine’s best friends Bev Anderson.
The two need to raise at least £5,000 to make Tammy’s Wishes a registered charity and will be holding a fundraising night next month to do so.
Bev, 34, who lives in Stratton Way, Biggleswade, close to Tammy’s former home, said: “Tammy was like a sister to me and she was so close to my children as well.
“When I was pregnant with my youngest child Kianna I went through quite a difficult time with the birth and Tammy was so supportive.
“She was there for me day and night and when Kianna was born I made Tammy her godmother.”
Jenny and Bev are keen to support other youngsters who may have lost a parent in similar circumstances and need help.
Bev added: “The charity will help with anything from providing toys and clothes to taking children on days out and giving them emotional support. Tammy was a great mum and it seems an appropriate thing to do.”
Bev will be putting on a women-only Ann Summers party to raise money for Tammy’s Wishes at the Biggleswade Sea Cadets’ TS Duchess base in Station Road on Saturday, November 9.
The aim will be to raise at least £5,000 at the over 18s event, and any extra money they can bring in too.
Bev – who has five children aged from one to 15 – added: “There will be a range of items on sale and also a raffle.
“We will be serving refreshments and we are also inviting any businesses in the area to donate prizes for the raffle if they are able to.
“There will also be raffle tokens that will come with the tickets which will enter guests into another raffle we will be holding on the night.”
Tickets are £10 in advance and £15 on the door. The event will start at 6.30pm. For more information contact Bev on 07944 156254.