THE Fleetwood family of a little baby who tragically died before Christmas have thanked local people for their help in an amazing fund-raiser at the weekend.
Paighton McKenzie Bradford was just nine months old when she died on December 8 last year.
The brave little battler had spent seven months of her short life in the Manchester Children’s Hospital, after she was born with the condition, gastroschisis.
Gastroschisis is a birth defect which results in a protrusion of the intestines, and Paighton’s case was quite severe.
She underwent a number of operations at the special hospital, after which her prospects dramatically improved.
When she was taken home in October she seemed to be making excellent progress.
But unexpectedly, she passed away in her sleep just weeks later.
Coming just before the festive season, it came as an especially cruel blow to her parents, Scott Bradford, 23, and Kayleigh Webster, 22, of Eamont Place, on the West View estate.
They had to attend her funeral just four days before Christmas Day.
Despite the tragic event, both families of little Paighton were grateful for the wonderful care and support they received at the Manchester hospital.
On Saturday night, they staged a charity night fund-raiser for the hospital at Additions cafe bar on Bold Street, Fleetwood.
The event raised an impressive £1,111 in just a few hours, through an auction of numerous prizes, many of them donated by local companies.
Main organiser was Paighton’s aunt, Claire Webster, who is the sister of the baby’s mum, Kayleigh.
Claire told the Weekly News: “We just wanted to do our bit to help the hospital. The staff there were brilliant and did a really good job caring for Paighton. This was just the two families’ way of saying thank-you.
“We didn’t set a target, we just hoped we could raise as much as we could. I thought we’d raise about £400.
“To make this much is brilliant and it’s down to the generosity of Fleetwood people.”
Paighton’s nan Christine Smith, who is Scott’s mum, said: “When we heard at the end of the night how much had been raised, I burst into tears, it was so brilliant.
“When Paighton died it was such a shock. She had been doing so well. She was always smiling and laughing and in her short life she made a huge impression on everyone she met.”
Scott and Kayleigh have two other children, five year old twins Ellis and Taylor.