Christchurch earthquake: Baby's death sparks trust

By Vaimoana Tapaleao

Jayden Harris. Photo / Supplied
Jayden Harris. Photo / Supplied

As eight-month-old Jayden Harris is laid to rest today, a trust named in his honour will look to help other children with head injuries.

Jayden, one of the youngest victims of the earthquake, was killed instantly last Tuesday when a 21-inch television fell from a chest of drawers on to him.

It was revealed mum Tracey had tried desperately to protect her son, but the force of the earthquake had knocked her off her feet.

The trust was set up after housewife Clare Smith, of Lyttelton, read about Jayden's story in the newspaper.

"At the end of the story it said his mother, Tracey, wanted to create a trust to support children with head injuries ... " she said.

"It really touched my heart and it made me cry."

Mrs Smith had donations from friends for a different project and after reading Jayden's story felt some of that should help his mother's dream come true.

People can donate at any Westpac branch to the Rainey Collins Trust, 03 0566 0082260 02, reference: Jayden.

- NZ Herald

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