For many parents, the lead-up to the holidays is a time of excitement and joy as they prepare for the festive season with their kids. But for families who have lost a child, it can be just a painful reminder. Clare Marcangelo reports on a local organisation that offers hope when there seems none.
Newcastle wheelchair athlete Christie Dawes has competed at every Paralympic Games since Atlanta in 1996, and will be competing in her fifth games in London. Her son Charlie was born in February 2011, just 12 months after she won the 10km wheelchair-road-race world championship. Since then, Christie has juggled intense training with her role as a mum.