The Stanley McLean Trust

Jan 02, 2015
Brad and Debbie McLean are supporting East Anglia's Children's Hospices ‘Pay for a Day’ scheme at Quidenham again this year in memory of their son Stanley who passed away at the tender age of 18 months in July 2012 after complications with heart surgery. You can see Brad and Debbie pictured above with son Angus being presented their ‘Pay for a Day’ plaque by Norfolk fundraiser Gary Cook.

Stanley was born on 2 January 2011 at the Norfolk and Norwich Hopsital with a heart condition called tetraology of fallots, complicated further by a missing pulmonary valve. He underwent heart surgery at just eight days old at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, and after three months of being in hospital, Brad and Debbie were able to bring Stanley home. But just a short few weeks later, aged five months, Stanley’s condition deteriorated and he had surgery again – this time a risky eight hour operation which took him a month to recover from.

In July 2012 after a routine check showed the conduit in his heart was becoming narrowed Stanley had to undergo another operation. Complications occurred and Stanley passed away after surgery.

Brad and Debbie have benefited from bereavement counselling provided by family support practitioners at EACH Quidenham hospice.

The family, who are from Wymondham in Norfolk, set up The Stanley McLean Trust in Stanley’s memory and so far have raised a staggering £61,500 for charity. This year they held the third Annual Stanley McLean Charity Golf day on 19 September at Marriott Sprowston Manor Hotel and Country Club where 26 teams took part and 118 people attended the dinner to raise £9,300.

Knowing that Stanley's legacy is continuing to help other families and children gives us great comfort and makes us very proud of our little boy, and especially to know he is remembered and thought of by so many. 

EACH has helped us through the most difficult time of our lives, and continues to be there whenever we need them. Stanley’s brother Angus was born in November last year. He’s healthy, but we were anxious because of what we’d been through with Stanley. EACH helped us with our concerns and supported us all the way.
Brad - Stanley's dad

Find out more about Pay for a Day and how you can get involved. If you’d like to find out more about The Stanley Mclean Trust visit: 

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  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum

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