July 23 2014 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Thursday, July 17, 2014
A Norwich boxer, who has vowed to help support an appeal to raise funds for the funeral of Lakenham tot Trinity Coward, has said he was moved to tears following the tragic news.
The two year old, of Theobald Road, was playing in the living room at the family home on July 6 when a fire surround fell on her and killed her.
She suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where she passed away just hours later.
Now, putting his weight behind the appeal, professional boxer Sam Sexton is urging other parents to support the fundraising efforts.
The former Commonwealth heavyweight champion said he was really touched by the story, especially being a dad himself to his three year old daughter Connie.
“When I read about what had happened it made me well up,” he said. “All you imagine is about your own little girl and how terrible it would be. I called her up straight away and told her I loved her.
“If that was your child you would obviously want them to have the best send off.”
Now Mr Sexton and his father Andy, of Norwich, have clubbed together to continue raising money for the toddler’s send off. The online appeal at the website Go Fund Me has already raised more than £3,600 in just over a week.
He added: “I have been talking to friends and family to help raise money so the family can have a decent funeral for Trinity.
“I see so many people moaning about the most trivial things so I want to put out a message appealing for help.”
Mr Sexton has already raised £200 and has placed a collection box at his diner, KO’s Sports Diner, off Hall Road, Lakenham.
Last week the father of Trinity, Shaun Coward, posted on the Go Fund Me web page on behalf of the family, thanking everyone for their support.
He said: “Thank you all on behalf of me, my wife and children, for your lovely kind donations. We are so grateful and gob smacked that our beautiful baby girl has touched so many of your hearts. She will truly have a princess’s funeral and will be put to rest as a true princess - all because of you.
“Trinity would be so, so happy and excited and, knowing her, say thank you and give you all the biggest hug and smile with her dimples.
“We cannot repay you all enough for your generosity.
“Be rest assured any money left over will be getting donated to children’s charity, Hana’s Gift, who help families in the same situation as this - with head stones etcetera for other angel’s taken so young.”
• To donate via Mr Sexton visit KO’s Sports Diner, off Hall Road, or visit www.gofundme.com/b6g8s4 to donate online.
• Would you like to pay tribute to the toddler? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.