Family raising cash in memory of baby George Wintle
EIGHTEEN months on from the tragic death of little George Wintle, his grieving family are doing everything they can to keep his memory alive.
They think about him almost every hour, sometimes even speak to him and light a candle at his tiny grave each day.
And last night, a fund-raising concert was held in honour of six-month-old George, who died from meningitis just 10 hours after falling ill in October 2010.
The event at Silverdale Workingmen's Club was the second to be staged by his relatives. The proceeds will be split between the Meningitis Trust and the Donna Louise Treetops hospice, where he spent his final hours.
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The inaugural memorial last year raised £2,000 and organisers hope the latest concert will have beaten this sum.
George's mum, Tina Rourke, said they now plan to make it an annual event.
The 31-year-old, from Daly Crescent, Silverdale, said: "We also hope it will raise awareness of this terrible disease and how quickly it can strike.
"If parents know what to look for, then maybe another tragedy could be avoided. In George's case, the symptoms came on so quickly, it is hard to know what else we could have done. He had one spot one minute and the next a rash covered his whole body.
"I will never get over his loss. "We talk and think about him all the time and I think that is the way I am trying to cope with it."
She described him as a beautiful smiling baby, who had never been ill, and was growing so quickly he was wearing clothes made for a tot three months older.
Dad John Wintle, aged 32, said: "He was such a big personality. We always wonder what he would have become.
"We can't get over the fact that we will never know. But it still feels like he is with us all the time."
George's older brother Jack, now aged three, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at seven weeks old.
Tina said: "They are great with him at the hospital, and there are so many developments in the care of CF children."
George's grandad, David Wintle, aged 60, who lives in High Street, Silverdale, said: "George had a smile as wide as this hall and was always laughing. I go to his grave at Silverdale cemetery every day to light a candle."
Singer Chris Cain, from Wales, provided the entertainment, which was followed by a raffle. A pair of boots donated by Stoke City star Andy Wilkinson was one of the prizes.