The former Mistresses actress made the heartbreaking confession in a new interview

Sarah Parish has revealed that she still writes a birthday card every year for her late daughter who devastatingly died seven years ago, just months after she was born.

The actress’s baby girl Ella-Jayne passed away in 2009 aged eight months old after being born with a heart defect.

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Former Mistresses star Sarah, 47, made the heartbreaking confession in a new interview with OK! magazine.

She said: ‘Every year I write her a birthday card and keep it for us. There are sad days but also happy days. We have a lot to be thankful for.’

Sarah gave birth to her daughter five weeks early by emergency Caesarean in May 2008.

The tot had life-saving surgery to correct a heart defect said to be brought on by a rare condition called Rubeinstein-Taybi syndrome, and was rushed to intensive care again for a further op months after her birth.

She sadly died in January 2009.

Whilst the heartache of losing Ella-Jayne is still very real for Sarah and husband James Murray, the couple are attempting to move on from the tragedy by organising a multi-million pound charity drive via their charity The Murray Parish Trust, which they set up following the loss of their daughter.

As part of the 2 Million Steps campaign, they are hoping to raise £2million through to fund a new children’s A&E unit at the University of Southampton Hospital where their Ella-Jayne was treated prior to her death.


‘When you go through something as a traumatic as what we went through, you want to give something back,’ Sarah said.

‘You don’t want it to have happened all for nothing. The Murray Parish Trust is helping to keep her memory alive for us..’

James added: ‘There’s a lot of tragedy and sadness but if we can harness that and put it into doing something good, this really helps with the grieving process.’

Sarah – who is now mum to Nell, 6 – has previously spoken about the couple’s fundraising efforts for the charity, telling The Sun: ‘There is only one way to numb the pain of losing a child and that is to help other children…

‘It’s a daunting prospect but I think we can do it. It’s about saving lives, thousands of lives.

‘It will be able to treat children in a way they’ve never been treated at Southampton Hospital before.

‘At the moment they have an adult and children mixed A&E so you might have a small child who has broken his leg next to a 60-year-old drunk person who‘s being aggressive and swearing at the nurses, it’s just not the place for a child to be.’