Cute creatures are a fitting tribute to little Bailey, who died on Christmas Eve

The family of Bailey Brown ' dad Gareth, brothers Freddie and Roman and mum Amy ' with one of the sculptures.
The family of Bailey Brown ' dad Gareth, brothers Freddie and Roman and mum Amy ' with one of the sculptures.

Money raised at the funeral of a little boy who died on Christmas Eve has helped pay for a special set of sculptures to be installed in his memory.

Bailey Brown, 11, passed away unexpectedly at his family’s Longhoughton home on Wednesday, December 24, last year.

The youngster, known affectionately as Bop Bop, was left wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy after he was starved of oxygen during his birth, in February 2003.

Brave Bailey was a pupil at Newcastle-based Northern Counties School and, to honour his love for the outdoors, the school has used money collected at the funeral to have four wooden creatures made in his honour.

The lifelike creations – a badger, rabbit, fox and an owl – were crafted by talented treesculptor Tommy Craggs and they have been placed in the school’s woodland grounds.

Bailey’s parents, Amy Millar and Gareth Brown, as well as his younger brothers Roman and Freddie, saw the sculptures earlier this week and they were delighted with them.

Amy said: “The woodland sculptures have captured everything Bailey loved and the sculptures are very tactile.”

The school’s headteacher Judith James told the Gazette: “This will be a special place where Bailey’s family can come at any time to think about Bailey.

“The creatures are carved so well and the children at the school love them. The sculptures really are a fitting tribute to Bailey.”