Wednesday 26 October 2016

Harry Arter: 'I hope none of the listeners have to go through what my family went through'

Published 19/04/2016 | 10:07

Bournemouth and Ireland midfielder Harry Arter
Bournemouth and Ireland midfielder Harry Arter

Just before Christmas Harry Arter and his partner Rachel suffered every parent's worse nightmare after the stillborn birth of their daughter Renee.

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The Irish midfielder showed tremendous strength to deliver a stirring pre-match speech before taking the field for Bournemouth's famous 2-1 win just two days after the tragedy. Arter gave a powerful interview to The Guardian the following month, opening up about the devastation suffered by him and his partner, and now he is trying to raise money to help other bereaved parents.

Arter hosted an auction for the 4Louis charity, who provide memory-boxes to parents who have lost a baby. The memory-boxes contain teddy bears, a clay impression kit to capture an impression of babies hands and feet and other things designed to help parents bond with their baby.

Arter told Talksport that he initially got involved with the charity after receiving one of these memory-boxes, which helped ease his and his partner's suffering.

"Unfortunately for me and my partner Rachel we lost our baby last year," Arter said.

"For any parent who loses a baby or has a stillborn, you don't have any memories so this box gives you a chance to make hand-prints and foot-prints so you can create some memories for you and your partner.

"It is unbelievable how helpful they [4Louis] are when you are going through that. I hope none of the listeners have to go through what my family and the other families went through."

The auction included match tickets for Bournemouth's final two home Premier League games and Liverpool star Adam Lallana's game-worn England shirt from the recent 3-2 friendly win over Germany in Berlin. Arter helped raise over £12,000 for the charity.

The once-capped Ireland international also gave an update on his return from an achillies injury as he battles to be fit for Euro 2016.

"I had injections last Monday and [I'm] just seeing how I react to that really," Arter said.

"I'll find out next week how it is."

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