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Fundraiser for iconic Folkestone 'Scooby Doo' van with tragic backstory

The mum behind a Scooby Doo van that has become iconic in its home town of Folkestone has revealed the tragic inspiration behind it.

Natalie King and her family have been driving the van for a little over a year, and have become widely recognised after driving all over the county.

Natalie King (R) and her family travel in the iconic Mystery Inc van to raise money and awareness for infant death
Natalie King (R) and her family travel in the iconic Mystery Inc van to raise money and awareness for infant death

Natalie has had to set up a fundraiser to go towards much-needed repairs for the van, which she uses to raise money for a charity set up in honour of her son.

She said: "On the 14th of February 2011, I had a beautiful baby boy called Devlin. He was my fourth c-section and I was sent home not even 24 hours after having him.

"On the 19th, I put Devlin down in the Moses basket and told his dad I was going to have a lie down on the sofa to have some sleep.

"His dad woke me up a little later to feed Devlin, but the next thing I knew, I was waking up again to his dad screaming.

"I must have fallen asleep, we called 999, and I remember my eldest son Cameron saying 'I've lost my brother'.

'I promised I would do anything to help other babies and their families in his name...'- Natalie King

"The ambulance service did everything they could, and so did the William Harvey Hospital, but Devlin passed away in my arms.

"When I had my last cuddle and kiss with my son, I promised him I would do everything I could to get him a headstone and let him live on in everyone.

"I promised I would do anything to help other babies and their families in his name."

Natalie set up a charity, Delvin's Babies, focussed on helping the families of children who are stillborn or who die in early infancy, as well as raising money for headstones for the babies.

The personalised headstones sit in a dedicated memorial garden which the charity runs,

The charity is named after baby Devlin
The charity is named after baby Devlin

Part of the fundraising efforts included a Scooby Doo van which has now become iconic in the area, as well as travelling around the country.

Natalie continued: "Our Scooby van helped us spread awareness, and it's travelled across Kent, London, Cornwall, Somerset and even South Wales.

"We feel like we've made many children's dreams come true by visiting them with the van and dressing up- even adults have asked if they can have a ride!

"But we are heartbroken that it has broken down, and it is going to cost so much to get it fixed.

"After buying it we needed to replace the start motor and exhaust, and do a lot of welding, and after a year it now needs a new engine, which is going to cost us £1,600, which we don't have.

Personalised headstones can be set up in the memorial garden run by the charity
Personalised headstones can be set up in the memorial garden run by the charity

"I've been overwhelmed by the support from Folkestone so far, and I'm really hopeful that others will come forward to help us so we can keep spreading awareness of infant loss, and help many more families."

If you want to donate to get the van back up and running, you can do so here.

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