A FAMILY has raised money for Madison’s Dream following the death of their much-loved father and grandfather.
Wilfred Webster died last month at the age of 69 after his health deteriorated following a stroke.
The grandfather-of-three, from Upton, dedicated so much of him time to his grandchildren that his family decided they would raise money for a local children’s fundraising group.
His funeral was held on the same day as baby Madison Murray, who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy - an illness affecting the motor neurons in her body, which meant proteins could not get to her muscles effectively. She died at just 17-weeks-old.
Her family is trying to raise £20,000 for the Madison’s Dream fund to build a sensory unit full of bright lights and sounds in her memory.
Both Mr Webster’s and Madison’s were held at Pontefract Crematorium on March 27, a coincidence that was realised by Mr Webster’s daughter-in-law, Sarah Webster. She had previously asked family and friend to donate money rather than buying flowers for the funeral and thought the Madison’s Dream appeal was perfect. They raised £157.
She said: “Wilf doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchild and was expecting his second great-grandchild in August who sadly he won’t get the chance to meet. I know in my heart that he would have chosen a charity for children and this is such a great way to help other children in the community.”
Mrs Webster had read about Madison’s Dream in the Express.
She said: “My heart goes out to her parents and sister for the short time they spent with her. It’s a great loss for such a tiny baby but as her family said, at least she is not suffering any more.”
Madison’s mum Laura Kendall thanked the family for their generous donation.