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Holiday donation helps with family’s grief

Kylie and Michael King went on a holiday paid for by a stranger after their baby Jordan was born stillborn, Tuesday, February 05, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Kylie and Michael King went on a holiday paid for by a stranger after their baby Jordan was born stillborn, Tuesday, February 05, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle Kevin Farmer

IT WAS the family holiday Toowoomba parents Kylie and Michael King needed to help them come to terms with the death of their beautiful baby boy.

It was a gesture for which they will be eternally grateful.

The couple's son Jordan was born on September 22, 2012, with no heartbeat.

After hearing about the death in the family and knowing they wanted to travel to the coast to scatter Jordan's ashes in the sea, stranger John Clarkson sent the couple and their three-year-old daughter Grayce on a long-weekend holiday to Caloundra late last month.

"It's really nice to know there are people out there willing to help us out with everything that's gone on," Mr King said.

"We're still healing but to have support from our family and the community like this is just wonderful," Mrs King said.

"I know it's still a taboo subject (stillborn births) but it's nice for people to acknowledge we need help and who don't feel like they're stepping on our toes.

"I think it's just amazing. We are eternally grateful."

Mrs King said Mr Clarkson heard about the trip through Keira May Photography, who had organised a hamper for the family through donations from Facebook.

"He saw what she was doing and wanted to help us out," she said.

The couple haven't met Mr Clarkson yet, however sent him flowers.

"Grayce and I took some flowers in for him, but he wasn't around at the time," Mrs King said.

She said she and her husband explained to their daughter what happened and told her Mr Clarkson was a "nice man who helped us out".

Due to the wild weather which caused flooding around the region on the Australia Day weekend, the couple weren't able to scatter Jordan's ashes like they had planned.

However, they made the most of their time away with friends and family.

The couple plan to return later in the year to scatter Jordan's ashes on his first birthday.

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