Mourners raise money in memory of Bailey Brown

Bailey with dad Gareth Brown and mum Amy Millar
Bailey with dad Gareth Brown and mum Amy Millar

The parents of a little boy who died on Christmas Eve have said they are overwhelmed by people’s generosity after mourners helped to raise more than £1,000 in his memory.

Bailey Brown, 11, passed away at his Longhoughton home on Wednesday, December 24. He was given a special send off at his funeral on Friday.

Bailey Brown.

Bailey Brown.

The youngster, who had cerebral palsy and was severely disabled, was a pupil at the Newcastle-based Northern Counties School. His parents, Amy Millar and Gareth Brown, asked funeral-goers to make a donation to help the school purchase another trampoline, in honour of one of Bailey’s most favourite activities.

In a fantastic show of support, £1,180.79 has been raised for the cause. Speaking to the Gazette this afternoon, Amy said: “The money will be going towards buying the trampoline for rebound therapy at the school. It is an amazing amount of money that has been raised and we are over the moon with people’s generosity. It is going to a fantastic school.”

Amy and Gareth had asked mourners to wear bright colours at Bailey’s funeral to celebrate the life of their beloved son, who was affectionately known as Bop Bop and known for his infectious smile and happy personality. A poignant balloon release was staged by family and friends during the wake at Alnwick Rugby Club.