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:http://thestanleymcleantrust.blogspot.co.uk/