Fun day in memory of tragic baby Lagan Grant

Fun day in memory of tragic baby Lagan

Lagan Grant

Carren Bell and Barry Grant

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

A DOG show, fairground rides, and even visits by popular children’s characters will be highlights at the second family fun day inspired by the memory of a baby girl.

Lagan’s Foundation is staging a family fun day and car boot at Burrs Country Park, Bury, following the success of last year’s party in the park to raise money to help “heart families”.

Lagan Katherine Anne Grant, daughter of Carren Bell and Barry Grant, lost her fight against a heart condition when she was just 15 weeks old in April, 2011.

The foundation set up in her name is the UK’s only charity dedicated to providing help to parents in their own homes, whose babies are born with congenital heart defects (CHD) or have feeding difficulties.

Money raised will pay for the training of volunteers at the leading children’s hospital, Alder Hey, where a consultant is a trustee of a charity.

Miss Bell, who lives with her family — including Ceridwen, aged 11, and two-year-old Lochlyn — in Horwich, said: “Last year we raised £2,500 and this year we are hoping to raise lots more.

“It is family fun day with lots going on with attractions and there will be food and people can also book pitches for the car boot sale.”

The family fun day will take place just days after the third anniversary of Lagan’s death.

Since it started, the foundation has helped thousands of families and placed dozens of volunteers who can help offer practical support to families.

Miss Bell said: “It is always emotional and difficult at this time of year, and this year I am feeling it even more.

“I just want to help families so they do not go through what I did — I slipped through the net and did not get the visits I was entitled to by the community teams.

“Now because of the work of the foundation, some consultants are ensuring the help in the community is in place before babies like Lagan are discharged.

“Charity volunteers can help families access the support they are entitled to and ask questions.”

The family fun day takes place on May 4 from 9am to 3.30pm.

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