A TEMPORARY clothing, toy and entertainment store will raise cash in memory of a toddler who ‘smiled all the time’.
Dragon’s Pop Up Shop will open its doors at Plasterers R Us, in Burnley Road East, Wat-erfoot, on Saturday June 7, to raise cash for the Royal Man-chester Children’s Hospital to treat children born with cleft lips and palates.
The fundraising outlet will be open for four weeks in memory of twenty-one-month-old Paul Felix Dragon Carter-Young, who died at home, in Booth Road, Stacksteads, on Thurs-day, April 10.
The toddler, who was known as Dragon, was born with a cleft lip and had an operation to correct it when he was three months old Danielle Wynn, a family friend of the toddler’s parents, Paul Carter and Kelly Young, has organised the temporary store.
The 32-year-old mum-of-four, of Schofield Street, Waterfoot, said: “He was the happiest boy in the world.
“You never saw him upset.
“He was smiling all the time. It’s just so sad that he passed away.
“We’re trying to raise as much money as possible in Dragon’s memory.
“I’m doing all the leg work with the shop because it’s quite painful for Paul and Kelly to have lost a child, but they are both supporting me.
“Me and the other volunteers have had lots of help from the community, with people donat-ing things to be sold, or lending a hand in setting it up.
“Kelly found out at her 12-week scan that Dragon had a cleft lip.
“At first she was really upset because she didn’t know what it meant.
“So little is known about cleft lips and palates.
“Kelly just took it and acc-epted it.
“It’s so frightening to find out that something’s wrong with your baby, but children with the condition are so beautiful.
“This is why we are really keen to raise as much awar-eness as we can.”
Plasterers R Us, owned by Joe and Sammy Hartley, is still open for business, and has been offered to Dragon’s Pop Up Shop free of charge.
Danielle is organising a charity evening in the near future.
The night will include a raffle with prizes including signed boots and shirts from Burnley FC players, and a signed box-ing glove from Amir Khan.
An inquest into Dragon’s death has been opened, and adjourned.