A lasting Lotus legacy for Camberley’s baby Idris
Idris was only 10 days old when he sadly passed away in October 2013, having been born premature. But his legacy lives on and many children and families will be helped as a result.
In his memory, Idris’ parents Azlan and Delwynne Cuttilan, from Camberley in Surrey, have become fundraisers for the charities that helped them during their difficult time.
On Sunday 5 January 2014, the couple set off in dark, freezing and flooded conditions in their shiny blue Lotus Elize for what was to be no ordinary Sunday drive. The couple had organised a 25-strong convoy of Lotus owners to join them on a fundraising journey in support of Ronald McDonald House Brighton – which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families of children being treated at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit – and Rockinghorse – a charity that aims to improve the lives of sick children in Sussex.
Every year the couple organise a charity run down to Hayling Island with their car club. This time, they chose two causes close to their hearts. Each participant from the car club was asked to make a donation via their Virgin Money Giving page, if they hadn’t already, before setting off on a 55 mile journey from Surrey to the beach at Hayling Island, Havant.
So far the Virgin Money Giving page has raised £2,000, which will be split equally between Ronald McDonald House Brighton and Rockinghorse. This has included generous gifts from friends and family who were encouraged to donate instead of giving flowers at the funeral.
Azlan and Delwynne Cuttilan write on the page: “Idris was born prematurely at only 24 weeks. Thanks to the level of care he received from the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the support of the Ronald McDonald House Brighton, we were able to spend every day beside our son during his short life.”
Azlan Cuttilan says: “Ronald McDonald House Brighton was invaluable. Because we lived so far from the hospital, of immediate concern to us, was - 'where are we going to stay?' Having the House so close, took that weight off our minds and we were able to maximise the time we spent with Idris. I now know what the boxes on the McDonald’s counters have been raising for.
“Anything else we can do to raise awareness of what both charities are doing, we will.”
The Cuttilans had their car emblazoned for the journey with stickers to publicise their chosen charities along the route. Back on Track Motorsports, a sports car maintenance firm in Guildford, provided the car stickers free of charge and the couple have decided to keep them, to continue raising awareness in Idris’ memory.
Acting House Manager Martin Coatsworth says: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Cuttilans for their ongoing support, particularly during such a time of sadness. It is thanks to such generosity that we can continue to provide free ‘home away from home accommodation.”
Visit the Cuttilan family’s Virgin Money Giving page to donate.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Brighton, visit their page.
For more information or to speak to someone please contact:
Alex Goldup T. 020 7250 8291 M. 07791 765 915 E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- Please find photos attached. If you use the photos, please credit photographer Andy Dorrington, Dorrington Photography http://www.dorringtonphotography.co.uk
- For more information or to speak to the family or someone at Ronald McDonald House Charities, please contact Alex Goldup using the details above.
- Ronald McDonald House Brighton is one of 14 houses run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. The 18-bedroom Brighton house is a dual house, one of which is at the top of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the other is on Abbey Road, opposite the Royal Sussex County and Trevor Mann Baby Unit. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in 1989 and in 2013 helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. The Charity relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work
- Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is a Brighton-based charity which has been supporting children for over 45 years. It was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies.
The charity is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and also supports the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. It raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, whilst ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs.
Rockinghorse does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of individuals, community groups, companies and trusts.