Blackburn family's heartbreak as flowers fail to arrive for their baby's funeral

Lancashire Telegraph: Stacey Norton and Bobby Slane Stacey Norton and Bobby Slane

GRIEVING parents had to source new flowers just hours before their premature baby’s funeral when the florist they had paid let them down.

Archie John Slane, who weighed just 1lb 7oz when he was born, passed away last month aged 33 days after battling infections and a perforated bowel.

His funeral took place at Pleasington Cemetery and his mum and dad Stacey Naughton and Bobby Slane had paid florist Latanya Rawsthorn, who runs Rosie Rawsthorn’s, in Audley Range, Blackburn, £120 for flowers spelling the word ‘son’ and a teddy bear.

But the evening before the funeral, Miss Rawsthorn told the couple she had had domestic issues, that the money had gone and she could not supply the flowers.

Stacey said: “It was supposed to be our final tribute to our son.

“We managed to get him some roses, but nobody could do anything else at that late stage.”

Miss Rawsthorn later returned £100 to Stacey and Bobby, who live in Bolton Road, Blackburn, and also had a balloon and flowers delivered for their daughter Aleysha’s 16th birthday as compensation.

The 26-year-old, who has now shut her shop , said she will return the remaining £20 by Monday.

She said: “I could not apologise more than what I did.

“I was devastated, but not as devastated as them.

“I feel so bad for what happened, but no sorry is enough, I know that.

“Obviously I should be able to provide the service when somebody has paid, but I am only young and I have three children.

“They do not understand how bad I feel for not making the flowers.

“I would not have let them down if I had not had the situation I had at the time.

“I am not that type of person, I do have a heart.”

Stacey said she hoped nobody else would have to go through the pain she had been caused.

She said: “I feel awful. That day has gone now.

“I wanted Archie to have some some special floral tribute from me and his daddy

“I cannot get that day back.”

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7:22pm Thu 5 Dec 13

AlifromIsrael says...

No excuses, and anybody with any sense will not use the woman again.


Could see not have asked another shop to carry out the job for her?
No excuses, and anybody with any sense will not use the woman again. Could see not have asked another shop to carry out the job for her? AlifromIsrael

7:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

mavrick says...

Why is this news?
Why is this news? mavrick

8:43pm Thu 5 Dec 13

woodyads says...

Ridiculous.
The silly woman has no excuses. The moment she took that poor grieving couple's money, she was agreeing to provide them with a service and whatever her own problems, no matter how old she is, or how many kids she is she should've arranged for those flowers to arrive at the funeral - even if it meant getting another shop to take over the order at her own cost.
Ridiculous. The silly woman has no excuses. The moment she took that poor grieving couple's money, she was agreeing to provide them with a service and whatever her own problems, no matter how old she is, or how many kids she is she should've arranged for those flowers to arrive at the funeral - even if it meant getting another shop to take over the order at her own cost. woodyads

12:11am Fri 6 Dec 13

Graham Hartley says...

mavrick wrote:
Why is this news?
Perhaps because news and LT are sometimes odd bedfellows. I forgive, because it's so funny.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: Why is this news?[/p][/quote]Perhaps because news and LT are sometimes odd bedfellows. I forgive, because it's so funny. Graham Hartley

8:51am Fri 6 Dec 13

Frisson says...

disgusting from the flower shop. May I recommend In Bloom in Darwen. They are very proffesional and thats the only place I will ever buy flowers from now
disgusting from the flower shop. May I recommend In Bloom in Darwen. They are very proffesional and thats the only place I will ever buy flowers from now Frisson

4:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

anniehargs says...

My daughter is a freelance florist and is just a student . She has so many orders and hears the same thing all the time - overpriced, unreliable, not good quality..... She would never let anyone down in this way and, if she got an order she couldn't keep, she would pass to another florist. Disgraceful and disrespectful.
My daughter is a freelance florist and is just a student . She has so many orders and hears the same thing all the time - overpriced, unreliable, not good quality..... She would never let anyone down in this way and, if she got an order she couldn't keep, she would pass to another florist. Disgraceful and disrespectful. anniehargs

5:35pm Fri 6 Dec 13

peely says...

A sad tale but is it really news worthy ? What next - someone fails to pay gas bill ?
A sad tale but is it really news worthy ? What next - someone fails to pay gas bill ? peely

11:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

billy32 says...

The Telegraph should not show the ladies mobile phone number, she has said sorry and closed her shop down and is returning the money. What more is she supposed to do. She is only human and has had some problems.
The Telegraph should not show the ladies mobile phone number, she has said sorry and closed her shop down and is returning the money. What more is she supposed to do. She is only human and has had some problems. billy32

9:27pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mys says...

Frisson wrote:
disgusting from the flower shop. May I recommend In Bloom in Darwen. They are very proffesional and thats the only place I will ever buy flowers from now
A bit late now love
[quote][p][bold]Frisson[/bold] wrote: disgusting from the flower shop. May I recommend In Bloom in Darwen. They are very proffesional and thats the only place I will ever buy flowers from now[/p][/quote]A bit late now love mys

6:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Snake&PygmyPudding says...

Third time this has been done by her now.

Once from a stall on Blackburn Market, This is why she is banned from ever trading on any Blackburn or Darwen Market.

And she did the same from a shop she had in Darwen, left an OAP out of pocket for funeral flowers she never provided.
Third time this has been done by her now. Once from a stall on Blackburn Market, This is why she is banned from ever trading on any Blackburn or Darwen Market. And she did the same from a shop she had in Darwen, left an OAP out of pocket for funeral flowers she never provided. Snake&PygmyPudding

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