Grieving family struggling to pay for youngster’s headstone

Connor Cassidy

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A MUM fears the grave of her precious little boy may go unmarked.

Elaine Fraser is struggling to pay for a gravestone for son Connor Cassidy.

Mum of Connor Cassidy Eliane Fraser with partner Craig Nesbitt at Connor's graveside in Brishopwearmouth Cemetery. Eliane is hoping to raise funds for Connors headstone.

Mum of Connor Cassidy Eliane Fraser with partner Craig Nesbitt at Connor's graveside in Brishopwearmouth Cemetery. Eliane is hoping to raise funds for Connors headstone.

Connor lost his three-year fight with cancer just weeks ago. He was five years old.

As well as dealing with her loss, Elaine has been left devastated that she cannot afford a headstone to mark her son’s grave at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery.

The Barnes School pupil died on February 28 in the arms of his mum and her partner Craig, after suffering from neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in nerve tissue.

Though his illness took its toll on his health, it could not dampen the schoolboy’s enthusiasm for his favourite cartoon character Lightning McQueen, from the film Cars.

After Connor was buried in a Lightning McQueen casket, Elaine had hoped to raise enough money for a themed headstone to match.

The 23-year-old, of Sydenham Terrace, Barnes, said: “We didn’t realise how much it would cost for a headstone, but the nurses have told us it could be about £2,000.

“Connor loved Lightning McQueen and it’s what he would have wanted. I want to get it done for him.”

Family and friends have now rallied round Elaine to help her raise the funds and are in the process of coming up with fund-raising ideas.

Elaine, who is also mum to Nathan, two, hopes to hold a car boot sale at Seaham and is appealing to Echo readers to donate goods she can sell.

“I’ve never done a car boot sale before, but we are going to go down this weekend to see how it all works.

“People have been great coming up with ideas, and if there is any money left over we are going to give it to the Neuroblastoma Society.”

Connor’s fight for life touched the hearts of Wearside.

He twice won a Child of Courage award at the Echo’s Pride of Wearside awards, and scores attended his heart-breaking funeral at Ewesley Road Methodist Church.

Specialists think Connor could have been born with a cancerous tumour in his chest, which was diagnosed when he was two-and-a-half years old.

They tried all sorts of treatment to save him including surgery, chemotherapy and experimental radiotherapy, but nothing could be done to halt its spread around his body.

Elaine said: “Connor’s funeral was a lovely send-off. We didn’t realise how many people he had affected.”

l To help Elaine, by donating funds or goods for the car boot sale, contact her on 07809 728770.

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