Wymondham couple raise £26,000 for charity which helped their son

Brad and Debbie McLean with their son, Stanley

Brad and Debbie McLean with their son, Stanley - Credit: Archant

A couple from Wymondham whose son died last year have raised £26,000 in eight months for the hospital which helped to lengthen his life.

Stanley McLean was just 18 months old when he died last July, after he underwent heart surgery for the third time. He was born with a heart defect and had his first open heart surgery when he was just two days old and his second in May 2011.

After he passed away, his parents Brad and Debbie set up the Stanley McLean Brighter Futures Fund to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), which made it possible for the couple to spend the night in or close to the hospital when Stanley was having surgery.

The couple, of Norwich Road, Wymondham, have raised the £26,000 by holding a charity golf day and a range of bike rides, runs and climbs by their friends and family.

'Deb's cousin has taken part in a cross-country bike ride and her colleagues Sophie, Alice and Emma are climbing the Three Peaks,' said Mr McLean.

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He also thanked family friend James Lucas who had taken part in charity bike rides to raise money.

The couple are now planning to hold a charity dinner to further strengthen the fund.

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The Brighter Futures gala dinner will be held on July 13 at Sprowston Manor Hotel.

'This is going to be a dinner with raffles and auctions all finished off with a dance in the evening,' said Mr McLean, 35, who is director of golf at Sprowston Manor Hotel.

'We hope to raise £3,000 on the night.

'All of the money will go towards the fund. Hopefully the money will be used to buy some equipment for the cardiology team, which looked after Stanley.'

A total of £9,100 was raised during a charity golf day last year. The second Stanley McLean Charity Golf Day will be held on September 20 and funds will be split between GOSH and East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH).

'We have had phenomenal support from both hospitals,' Mr McLean added. 'They have been fantastic. We have received help from the family support unit at EACH.'

Anyone who would like to buy a ticket to the dinner or any businesses which would like to support the event can email brad@thestanleymclean trust.co.uk or call 07963 827051

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