The parents of a little boy who died on Christmas Eve are encouraging mourners to wear something colourful at his funeral tomorrow to help celebrate his life.
Bailey Brown, 11, who was severely disabled, passed away at his Longhoughton home on Wednesday, December 24.
While life was tough for Bailey, affectionately known as Bop Bop, the plucky lad stayed strong and was known for his infectious smile, charisma and happy personality.
And it’s these such qualities that his devastated parents, Amy Millar and Gareth Brown, want people to remember him by and have urged mourners to wear bright clothing at his funeral, which takes place at Alnwick’s St Paul’s Church from 11.30am. This will be followed by a wake and balloon release at Alnwick Rugby Club.
“Bailey had such an infectious smile and when he smiled at you, you couldn’t help but smile back,” said Amy, who added that the family misses him dearly.
Amy and Gareth have said that Bailey’s death has left a void in their lives, but added: “We are at peace knowing that he is at peace.”
They also feel that he chose his moment to go, hanging on until his doting nine-year-old brother Roman had a sibling to play with, following the birth of Freddie seven months ago.
Amy added: “We called them the three dudes. Bailey was big dude, Roman was little dude and Freddie was tinchy dude. We think Bailey got peace from knowing that, after Freddie was born, Roman wouldn’t be alone.”
Tributes and messages of support have poured in since Bailey’s passing. Among those left on social-networking site Facebook, Victoria Hockley said: “I was Bailey’s school transport escort for just over a year when he was younger and he was such a wonderful little boy. His big smile could light up the world.”
Bailey went to Alnwick’s Rainbow Day Nursery, before attending Newcastle-based Northern Counties School.
Rainbow manager Lisa Lowes said: “We have some lovely memories of Bailey and won’t forget the wonderful times we had with him over the years at Rainbow.”
Judith James, headteacher of Northern Counties School, described him as a delightful boy who loved people and made the most of whatever he did.
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