A MUM campaigning for a ban on window blind cords has made an emotional plea on Facebook.
Amanda O’Halloran, from Tirley, started Sophia’s Cause after her 17-month-old daughter Sophia died by getting tangled in a blind cord.
She is calling for a Parliamentary debate on the issue, claiming the fact that all blinds can be bought with a cordless design rules out the need for the dangerous loops that dangle within reach of young children.
She needs to gather 100,000 signatures for her petition to force a debate – and so far more than 3,600 people have signed up.
On Saturday she posted an emotional message on her Facebook page: “Ban Looped Blind Cords in the UK – Sophia’s Cause”.
She said: “I hate weekends in particular, what used to be family time is now nothing but loneliness.
“My life seems pointless without you Fifi, there’s nothing in this world I want more right now than to have you in my arms.
“Very heartbroken mummy right now.”
Sophia died on June 27 while she was playing in the living room of the family home. She was left alone for just a few minutes.
In another post Amanda added: “Please keep sharing Sophia’s Cause, there are still so many people out there who are unaware of the dangers that blinds with cords pose to young children.
“My beautiful baby girl paid the ultimate price and I feel it is my responsibility to warn others so that no more innocent lives are taken this way.
“Sophia’s death has affected so many people, my little girl is loved and missed by so many.”
At the time of going to press there were 3,685 signatures on the petition.
The online petition will close on September 23, 2014.
To add your signature go to epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/ 55067 and for more information go to the Sophia’s Cause Facebook page.
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