Fit and healthy 18-year-old Owen Redfern died last Friday after suffering a huge and unexpected seizure which his mum says caused his heart to fail.
Now big-hearted friends and neighbours have rallied around to help mum Natalie Savage by setting up a huge funeral fundraising campaign so she can give her 'blue-eyed baby boy' the 'send off he truly deserves.'
Medics fought for more than an hour to resuscitate Owen of Clay Lane but were unable to save him.
Now well-wishers want to raise £5,000 for Natalie and Owen's younger sister Layla following the tragedy, to help pay for his funeral.
Said Natalie: "He has left a hole that will never be filled. He will always be loved and missed. We don’t know how to live without him but he would want to see us happy in life so we will do our best to keep him proud of us."
"No family ever expects to lose their beloved son at such a young age, I certainly didn't. My blue-eyed baby boy lost his young life on February 26 to what looks like a huge seizure which caused his heart to fail.
"Seeing how the death of my Owen has touched all your hearts, for him and for us, has not only comforted us, but it has made me realise he was not just mine to love, but he was deeply loved by so many. We reach out to you all this day in the hope you will want to help us make sure our little soldier gets the send-off he truly deserves."
She said that she hopes the funeral service will be held at his local church, adding: "Owen was a young man with huge faith. We also feel that it is important to have a memorial place where his sisters and all his friends can go to sit with him in thought or be together to remember the good times.
"As a lone parent, your support will enable Layla and I to grieve our tremendous loss in a healthy way and help to carry us back into a healthy future, knowing our boy loved and was loved. We place him safely back into the hands of our loving God."
Friend Beverley Lindley, who has launched the Crowdfunding campaign said: "Owen was tragically taken from us in unexpected circumstances. He was an exceptional young man with a lot to live for.
"He was such a special well-mannered boy, always putting a smile on people's faces. His beauty shone inside and out and he will be greatly missed by all. Owen was taken way before his time."
You can donate to the campaign HERE
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