Family appeals for help to cover costs of baby's funeral

A grieving Wigan family has launched a fund-raising appeal to help cover the costs of a baby's funeral.

Jackson James
Jackson James

Mum Danielle Slater, from Scholes, was distraught to discover five-month-old son Jackson James had died on Sunday morning.

Now relatives are rallying round to raise money so they can give the tragic tot a special send-off.

A shocked Danielle is currently recovering in hospital after collapsing.

Danielle Slater with baby Jackson

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Hundreds of pounds have already been donated to two online fund-raising campaigns to pay for a funeral for the tot.

Organisers want to collect £1,500 to cover the costs, including for a horse-drawn carriage.

Miss Slater’s cousin, Hayley Slater, from Higher Ince, said: “Danielle is my relation and it’s any mother’s worst nightmare for this to happen.

“We want to help her as much as possible.”

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Danielle Slater with baby Jackson

She set up a fund-raising appeal with partner Michael Halpin and friends Lisa Gorman and Kyna Hartley.

People who give to the appeal will be entered into a raffle draw, with a signed football from Wigan Athletic, haircuts and a reading by a medium among the prizes already donated.

Miss Slater, 31, is still seeking donations of prizes.

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She said her cousin, who also has two daughters, plans to raise money for charity in Jackson’s memory in the future.

Miss Slater said: “Jackson was a lovely, cheeky, happy baby. He had an infectious smile.”

Another fund-raising website has been set up by Jackson’s cousin David Barr, 22, from Whelley.

More than £480 has already been donated towards the cost of the funeral through his appeal.

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He said: “No-one plans to bury their son. Money is the last thing you want to be thinking about.”

To make a donation towards Jackson’s funeral, go to www.gofundme.com/2sqzgx7n or www.gofundme.com/2sg6shjr.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.