Swinton girl’s dream trip closer after support

(l-r) Sharon Gray, Diane Frere and Grace Arrowsuch, seven, have organised a fundraiser in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Sharon Gray, Diane Frere and Grace Arrowsuch, seven, have organised a fundraiser in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A community rallied to support a fundraising day to help fulfil a mum’s dying wish to send her daughter on a dream holiday to Disneyland Paris.

Little Grace Arrowsuch, seven, bravely tried to save her mum Carol’s life by raising the alarm for emergency services after she found that she was not breathing while in bed one morning.

Fundraising event at Park View Bar, Swinton in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe

Fundraising event at Park View Bar, Swinton in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe

Paramedics rushed to the scene in Park Road, Swinton, in March but the 28-year-old could not be revived. It was later established she died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Before the tragedy, she told how she wanted to take her daughter to Disneyland Paris, as she herself could not fly as she suffered from severe epilepsy and was at risk of seizures.

Family and friends raised more than £1400 towards the trip at a fun day at the Park View in Swinton.

Mum-of-three Diane Frere, 33, of Kilnhurst, who is Grace’s godmother, said: “We are so grateful for everyone who has supported the appeal.

(l-r) Josie Taylor, Rebecca Norman and Kelly Taylor, of Swinton at a fundraising event at Park View Bar, Swinton in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Josie Taylor, Rebecca Norman and Kelly Taylor, of Swinton at a fundraising event at Park View Bar, Swinton in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe

“Carol always wanted to go to Paris with Grace and now we’re trying to make her wish come true.

“Grace has been so brave in how she has handled everything. She’s starting to be herself again which is great to see.”

Visitors to the event, held at the end of August, enjoyed various attractions, including games, a barbecue and bouncy castle.

Meanwhile, Eagles tribute band Eaglesque wowed the crowds with a special performance later in the evening.

(l-r) Violet Lowther, Linda Hopkins, Joyce Hopkins and Amanda Harris, all of Swinton at a fundraising event at Park View Bar, Swinton in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Violet Lowther, Linda Hopkins, Joyce Hopkins and Amanda Harris, all of Swinton at a fundraising event at Park View Bar, Swinton in memory of Carol Arrowsuch. Picture: Andrew Roe

The family is planning to arrange another fun day at Grace’s school Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary School sometime during the October half-term holidays.

They hope to reach their £3000 target before the end of the year.

To donate visit their online fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/forgrace.