Final goodbye to Madison

Madison's Dream balloon release, held at South Kirkby cricket ground.'The actual release.'h8288c213
Madison's Dream balloon release, held at South Kirkby cricket ground.'The actual release.'h8288c213

THE SKY was filled with pink balloons in memory of little Madison Murray who sadly died of a rare genetic disorder.

Family and friends released more than 200 pink balloons at South Kirkby Cricket Club to say goodbye after Madison’s funeral last Thursday.

Her mum, Laura Kendall, 29, said: “It was a sad but wonderful day. Everyone have given us so much support, it has really kept us going.”

Madison was just 17 weeks old when she died in her parents’ arms at their home on Stockingate, South Kirkby, on March 19.

Madison was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) when she was born in November - and doctors thought she might only live to be six months old.

The disorder affected the motor neurons in her body, which meant proteins could not get to her muscles effectively.

Miss Kendall and her partner Jason Murray are trying to raise £20,000 to set up a sensory unit in South Kirkby as a legacy for Madison.

She had responded well to the lights and sounds at the sensory room at Pontefract Hospital, and the couple want other children and adults closer to home to benefit.

The community has helped with their target by holding non-uniform days in schools, charity runs, and even a skydive.

They have already raised £9,000 and Miss Kendall said she hopes the support would continue now Madison had gone.