Leigh Park mums united in raising cash for headstone

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  • Lucy Maidens’ son was stillborn at 21 weeks in 2007
  • She has never been able to afford a headstone
  • A plea on a crowdfunding site led to a pleadge to help from a compelte stranger – who lives just roads away
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EIGHT years ago Lucy Maidens’ first child was stillborn at 21 weeks.

Just 20 at the time, Lucy could not afford a headstone for Brandon but vowed that one day he would have one.

Lucy Maidens, right, from Leigh Park who has not been able to afford a headstone for Brandon, the baby son she lost in 2007, with Jasmine Creed who has organised a walk to raise funds Picture: Malcolm Wells (150812-0728)

Lucy Maidens, right, from Leigh Park who has not been able to afford a headstone for Brandon, the baby son she lost in 2007, with Jasmine Creed who has organised a walk to raise funds Picture: Malcolm Wells (150812-0728)

In the years since then she has been unable to save enough money and, as a last resort, she asked the public to help her raise £1,500 – and a complete stranger has stepped in to make it a reality.

Kind-hearted Jasmine Creed, who lives just streets away from Lucy, in Leigh Park, saw a request on Facebook and has organised a sponsored walk from Havant to Funlands, Hayling Island, in the hope of reaching the target.

Lucy, 29, of Bramdean Drive, said: ‘I can’t believe someone I don’t know is doing something like this. I didn’t know people like that existed. I can’t stop saying thank you to her.’

She says: ‘It was horrific and I’ve been trying my hardest ever since to raise the money for a headstone for Brandon but I’ve got two young children so it’s difficult. It’s just been me raising the money and I haven’t been able to. It’s really upsetting and I feel that I am failing him.

It’s just been me raising the money and I haven’t been able to. It’s really upsetting and I feel that I am failing him.

Lucy Maidens

‘I really didn’t want to go down this route and I’m only doing it as a last resort to get the headstone as I feel he really should have one by now. I’ve been amazed at how kind people have been.’

The walk takes place on Saturday and businesses from around the area have donated prizes for a raffle.

Jasmine, 23, explained the reasons for wanted to help Lucy.

‘I saw the request by chance on Facebook and it really struck me.

‘My partner and his family have only just been able to get a headstone for their father three years after he died. Men don’t tend to show their feelings but I know it was upsetting for them.

‘When the headstone was finally laid it gave them closure and helped them a lot.

‘I’m a mum-of-four myself and I wanted to help Lucy.

‘I hope that someone would do the same for me. I wanted her to know people care.’

To donate go to gofundme.com/znnuss or search Brandon’s Walk on Facebook.