PROUD parents of a brave Worcester toddler with Down’s Syndrome who died following a fight against pneumonia have revealed a staggering £10,000 has been raised in her memory.
The legacy of ‘Little Duck’ Daisy Severn will be remembered at her nursery, at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and with two much-loved charities after kind-hearted donations to a Go Fund Me page set up in her memory.
The three-year-old died unexpectedly on February 26 from pneumonia and was accompanied on her final journey to the Vale Crematorium in Fladbury by a procession of nearly 500 motorbikes.
A month on from her funeral, devoted parents Sarah and Paul Severn have taken to the fund-raising platform to share details of how their beloved little girl’s memory will live on.
Daisy’s mum and dad already made a donation to her nursery for something to be created for her friends and all the children who attend to enjoy.
“Daisy’s Den – an all-weather shelter in the garden will be created to provide welcome relief to little learners should the sun fail to shine.
“Daisy loved spending time outside but as she hadn’t yet learnt to walk independently, this obviously meant that her main way of getting around was via crawling,” Sarah said.
“As much as she liked being outside she didn’t too much appreciate when it meant she got too wet in the rain and there were occasions when she went outside at nursery then took herself straight back inside when she realised it was raining.
“The shelter will mean that the kids, especially those of limited mobility, will have an area where they can spend time outside comfortably no matter what the weather is like,” she added.
Sarah and Paul, who both work for West Mercia Police, are also hoping to make several donations to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
It’s hoped the money will be used to improve the garden outside the Chapel of Rest and enhance the children’s ward parents room – Riverbank Ward – to ensure parents can relax when taking a break from their child’s bedside.
“We want funds to be used to make the room more cosy and homely where parents can actually feel they are away from a hospital environment at least for a short time,” Sarah said.
The caring couple also hope to donate money to improve the staff room on Riverbank Ward to thank NHS staff for going ‘above and beyond’ when Daisy’s condition became serious.
“We can only imagine the toll working with sick children takes on them day in and day out and so we want to give some of the funds to them to use to improve their staff room,” she said.
After using some of the funds for a headstone in her memory, Sarah and Paul hope to share remaining money between the Positive About Downs Syndrome charity and Worcester’s Snozelan Centre.