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A couple whose son died when he was just 18 months old are organising a golf tournament in his memory to help raise funds for the hospital which gave them extra time with their “amazing litle boy”.
Brad and Debbie McLean lost their son Stanley in July after he underwent open heart surgery for the third time. Determined to make Stanley’s legacy live on and to help other families with poorly children, the couple, of Norwich Road, Wymondham, are raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), which helped to lengthen his life.
Mr McLean, who is director of golf at Sprowston Manor, said: “We are trying to do something positive. We have had so much support and people have been so generous. It’s good to have something to focus on.”
Stanley 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.
He died on July 24 at Great Ormond Street Hospital after undergoing open heart surgery for the third time.
Mr McLean said: “We knew that when he had his third open heart surgery that it would be a risk.
“Nobody did anything wrong - his heart just couldn’t cope with it in the end.”
The couple have many happy memories of Stanley including a holiday to the west coast of Canada, where Mr McLean hails from.
“He was always smiling,” said Mrs McLean, a nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
“He loved his stacking cups and the swings - he absolutely loved the swings. We would go to the park near Wymondham library.”
GOSH made it possible for the couple to spend the night in or close to the hospital when Stanley was having surgery.
Mr McLean said: “GOSH saved his life. They gave us 18 months with an amazing little boy and we want to give back.
“The support that they gave us was incredible.”
The charity golf day will take place on September 21 at Sprowston Manor Hotel.
“I am looking for around 25 teams or 100 players. There will also be a raffle and an auction on the day,” Mr McLean said.
“I am hoping to raise a minimum of £5,000.”
He is aiming to make it an annual event.
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