Best foot forward in memory of Callum

Mark Hargan and Leah Johnson, of Princess Court in Blackpool, are organising a sponsored walk in memory of their 18 month-old son Callum

Mark Hargan and Leah Johnson, of Princess Court in Blackpool, are organising a sponsored walk in memory of their 18 month-old son Callum

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A COUPLE who tragically lost their 18-month-old son to cot death are raising money to buy him a headstone.

More than 300 people are expected to put on fancy dress and walk from Gynn Square to the Pleasure Beach on July 28 to raise funds for Callum Johnson and Brian House Childrens’ Hospice.

His mother, 18-year-old Leah Johnson, of Princess Court, Blackpool, discovered the body of her son when she went to wake him up three months ago and says she wants to raise awareness about the shocking syndrome.

She told The Gazette: “I have no idea how it happened and there’s nothing anyone could’ve done. This walk means everything to me because everyone needs to know about cot death.

“I’d never heard of it until it happened to myself and I didn’t know what was going on.

“We never wanted him to go, so this will help me if I know a lot of people learn about what happened.”

Callum’s body was taken to Brian House Children’s Hospice, in Bispham, instead of a funeral home.

He was taken care of by staff and Miss Johnson and her boyfriend Mark Hargan were able to spend time with him.

Mr Hargan, Callum’s father, will lead the walk in fancy dress.

And the 22-year-old dad added: “This has changed my life and I think doing something like this will help us.

“It used to be fun being a dad but now it doesn’t feel right and it’s not a nice feeling.

“We’ve had a lot of support from people, but we need to do this to help us get over it.”

Miss Johnson added: “Brian House got me through everything after he died.

“They were amazing with us and really helpful.

“If he had gone to a funeral home I don’t think I would’ve been able to see him.”

Anyone who would like to take part in the fund-raising walk should meet in fancy dress at Gynn Square on Saturday, July 28 from 1pm.