A SPECIAL fund-raiser has been organised to remember the life of a tragic Wigan toddler who drowned while on holiday.
Two-year-old Loui Aspinall died on September 25, 2013, after getting into difficulties in a hotel pool in Tunisia where he was staying with his parents and his sister.
An inquest earlier this year delivered a verdict of accidental death but his family has since launched a campaign with MP Yvonne Fovargue and MEP Afzal Khan for more to be done at holiday resorts to keep children safe.
The memory of little Loui, who lived with his family in Hindley Green, has never been forgotten, though.
And, just before the second anniversary of his death, a special event has been organised to raise money in his memory.
Loui’s mum, Emma Hollingsworth, said: “The pain of losing Loui never goes away, every day is a struggle. Every day you get up and there’s the same hole. We think about Loui all of the time, he is never out of our thoughts.”
The whole community is invited to the fund-raiser, at St Anne’s Vicarage on Powys Street, Atherton, on August 22 from noon.
The event will be in the form of a garden party with attractions such as a bouncy castle, live music, stalls and raffles. All money raised will go towards helping Emma travel to America to take part in a special lifesaving and water safety course that isn’t available in this country.
She said: “I’ve been doing research over the last few months about what is out there for safety in water.
“There is lots to do with swimming but very little on survival.
“However, there’s this course in America where they teach how to act in an emergency by rolling over and floating on the water.
“I want to do this training and then hopefully with that bring it over here.
“It’s something I feel I need to do in memory of Loui.
“If I can get the qualification, people may start recognising it.”
For more information on the course, visit http://teachkiddies.wix.com/float-n-survive.