Caister father ensures Dylan Sinclair’s legacy lives on through family fun day event at Great Yarmouth

James Sinclair, with a photograph of his son Dylan, who died in March 2015 at the age of seven. Pict

James Sinclair, with a photograph of his son Dylan, who died in March 2015 at the age of seven. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

A father's devotion to his son's legacy has seen a one-off event become an annual fixture in Great Yarmouth.

Dylan Sinclair died in March 2015 after a five-year battle with a rare condition called late infantile battens disease.

That year his father, 31-year-old James Sinclair, organised a fun day in his memory as he looked to pay tribute to his son, who died aged seven.

The event has become an annual event and this year's promises to be the biggest yet, as Mr Sinclair looks to build on his son's legacy.

Mr Sinclair, of Caister, said: 'It was really tough to lose Dylan at such a young age. His illness made it difficult for him to eat and walk, and he didn't have the best standard of life for this reason, but he was always so spirited.

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'He fought it to the very best of his ability and was always so energetic, even though he used to have major seizures.'

When Dylan eventually lost his fight, his father vowed to create a legacy for his son and spent five weeks organising his first family fun day to raise funds for the Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA).

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He said: 'Dylan was such a strong character, which I wanted to shine through in these events. I always said I wanted to celebrate his short life and that he was here.

'The disease is a relatively new discovery, so there is still lots of research to be done into it. If these events can help fund this research and go towards helping families going through the same things Dylan did, then that will be his legacy.'

The first event attracted 500 people, while the follow-up event last year saw more than 3,000 people show up. This year, Mr Sinclair is hoping the event - which takes place on July 22 - will be even more successful.

This year, proceeds will be split between the BDFA and the Anchorage Trust - where he works as a fundraising manager.

It will see more than 40 different activities, including monkey and meerkat encounters, BMX stunts and an appearance from Titan the Robot.

Mr Sinclair added: 'Dylan would have loved something like this, he was such an energetic lad. No matter how the event grows, for me it will always be about him and his memory.'

The family fun day will be held from 11am to 10pm on Saturday, July 22 at Great Yarmouth Racecourse. Entry is £2 and under sixes go free.

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