Marmite auction to help sick children

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 05:00 03/01/2013
Brydie Lauder with Todd Blackadder
LIFE CUT SHORT: Brydie Lauder, who died in July, met Crusaders rugby coach and former All Black Todd Blackadder in January.

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A Christchurch mother is auctioning one of New Zealand's last jars of Marmite to raise funds for Christchurch's paediatric neurology service after the death of her daughter.

Brydie Lauder was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, which meant the left side of her tongue and the organs on the right side of her body were enlarged.

The toddler had three tongue reductions in her short life as it kept growing and would block her airway when she slept. She died in July, aged 4, after developing epilepsy two years earlier.

The epilepsy was not connected to Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, and it was uncommon for children to die from it, mum Anna Lauder said.

The family set up the Brydie Lauder Charitable Trust to help children with neurological conditions.

"She was the bravest most inspirational wee girl who is sadly missed, so this is for all the beautiful children like Brydie," Lauder said.

The trust was auctioning a jar of Marmite, signed by Crusaders rugby coach and former All Black Todd Blackadder, on Trade Me.

The popular spread has been in high demand since Sanitarium's Christchurch factory was closed because of earthquake damage.

Money raised would be used to buy new equipment for Christchurch Hospital's paediatric neurology unit.

Bidding on the auction was at $250 last night and closes next Tuesday. To view the auction, visit trademe.co.nz/home-living/food-beverage/other/auction-547807909.htm

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