Gemma Rane with son, Chayse. (Photo: Facebook.)
Gemma Rane with son, Chayse. (Photo: Facebook.)

More than $13,000 raised for family of Glasshouse mum

MEMBERS of the community have opened their hearts and wallets for the grieving partner and toddler son of a young Glasshouse mum who died from pregnancy complications.

The balance in the gofundme account for Chris Baker and his son, Chayse, 18 months, passed the $13,000 mark this afternoon.

The story of Mr Baker's desperate attempt to save his fiancee, Gemma Rane, and their unborn son after she stopped breathing in bed in the early hours of April 20 has touched the hearts of people in Glasshouse Mountains and the wider Sunshine Coast community.

The nearly full-term baby boy she had been carrying, Deegan, was delivered by caesarean section but did not survive and Ms Rane, 31, died on Monday after her family made the difficult decision to turn off her life support machine.

The community has rallied to support fundraising initiatives established to ease the financial burden on Mr Baker, 24, who will now raise Chayse on his own.

Locals have cooked food for Ms Rane's family, children have delivered flyers about fundraising, and more than 200 people have donated to the gofundme account, many including heartfelt messages with their donations.

"I sincerely hope you find some comfort knowing people you don't know are thinking of you and your little boy at this incredibly sad time. My sincere condolences to you, your son and family," wrote Judith Stringer.

Long time local resident Jodie Pember, who works at the Glasshouse Mountains IGA, where Ms Rane did a traineeship and where her stepmother worked, said Glasshouse was a generous community always ready to support one of its own.

 

Gemma Rane with Chris Baker and their son Chayse. (Photo: Facebook).
Gemma Rane with Chris Baker and their son Chayse. (Photo: Facebook).

"Everybody here is so giving and caring, it's amazing. It doesn't matter what type of fundraising is going on in this area, everyone gets behind it," she said.

Robyn Koschel, of the Glasshouse Mountains News, said Glasshouse was a small town where everybody knew everybody and everybody and many people were shocked at Ms Rane's death.

"It's a pretty amazing community. When something happens to one of its own, I think think all of the community cares," she said.

Bianca Howard, who lives next to the unit Ms Rane and Mr Baker shared and set up the gofundme account, said Glasshouse residents had a strong sense of community and simply wanted to do something to help.

"This has affected so many people," she said.

A family fun day, including kids jumping castles, a barbecue, raffles and live music has been organised at the Glasshouse Mountain Tavern this Saturday, April 30, from noon to help with fundraising

To contribute, contact Bec Hennessy on 0403 959 080. To donate, go to The Glasshouse Family account on gofundme or gofundme.com/2pt2ntuc. Cash donations can also be made at Woolworths, Beerwah, and various Glasshouse Mountains businesses.



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