Children raise money to remember grandad

Evie and Tom on their fancy dress walk at Burghley
Evie and Tom on their fancy dress walk at Burghley
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Two young siblings decided to do a fancy dress walk to help pay for a headstone and give them a place to remember their grandfather.

Maurice Bloodworth, 76, of Norfolk Square, Stamford, died in April after battling several lung conditions.

His family were keen to pay tribute by installing a headstone in Stamford Cemetery at Little Casterton Road as a place to remember him. But they were struggling to meet the cost of the memorial.

Luckily, Maurice’s grandchildren Tom and Evie Smith, seven and five, came up with a plan. They decided to do a sponsored fancy dress walk around Burghley Park to try and raise some money.

Dressed as Harry Potter and a princess, the siblings and several family members made the trip from Norfolk Square to Burghley House and back on Saturday.

And although sponsorship from friends and family is still coming in, the family are now confident they will be able to meet the£773 cost of the headstone.

Tom, who raised many smiles with his costume on the day, said: “We thought we would raise money for Pops to get a gravestone.

“We wanted to have somewhere to go and tell him what we have been doing.

“He was really funny and we used to play with him all the time. We used to play on the Wii and he always beat me.”

Maurice’s widow Frances said it was a huge surprise when the children told her their idea.

She added: “It was wonderful that they wanted to do it. We are all very proud of them.

“The children wanted to know where Maurice was. We thought when the headstone was up they could go with flowers and pictures to take to him.

“It’s very important to them.”

The children were joined on the walk by Frances, their father Andrew Bloodworth, mother Hayley Smith, auntie Kay Bloodworth and grandmother Sue Downs, all of whom wore fancy dress.