Family’s anguish over child death

Maddison Broadbent, 3, died on Monday, March 31. (FACEBOOK)
Maddison Broadbent, 3, died on Monday, March 31. (FACEBOOK)
Have your say

“She made everyone smile and everyone loved her.”

That was the heartbreaking tribute of devastated mum 
Lisa Broadbent after the death of her beloved daughter 
Maddison Chell-Broadbent.

The three-year-old, from Kentmere Drive, Marton, was rushed to hospital 
after coughing up blood at The Manor Nursery, on Mythop Road, at 9.30am on Monday.

Maddison was transferred from Blackpool Victoria Hospital to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital later that afternoon.

She died shortly before 11pm the same day with her family at her bedside.

Mum Lisa Broadbent, 37, today told The Gazette: “She was so happy and lovely. Her personality was so funny.

“She made everyone smile and everyone loved her.

“Maddison was a dream child who had a wonderful smile and brought joy to everyone.

“Everything she had was Minnie Mouse and her favourite show was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

“From when she got up to when she went to bed at night she was playful and energetic.

“She was a healthy child. She had a bad cough over the last couple of weeks, but she didn’t complain about anything.”

Maddison’s death is not being treated as suspicious, but police officers say it is currently “unexplained” and a post mortem is being carried out to determine the cause of death.

Maddison’s mother has herself spent the last six weeks in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after she collapsed at home in February, falling down the stairs and breaking both her legs.

During her time in hospital Miss Broadbent suffered a minor stroke and was put on to a dialysis machine because of complications with her kidneys.

Maddison’s auntie, Charley Dee, 19, from Devonshire Road, Blackpool, said the family, which includes Maddison’s dad, Martin Chell and 12-year-old brother, Robbie, were in a state of shock.

Miss Dee said: “Maddison was the family’s angel. She was such a joyful little girl.

“She was taken to nursery that morning, and was very happy, but 25 minutes later she started coughing up blood. It’s awful.

“She’s just a little girl who was really happy, always laughing, and running around wanting to be played with.

“She loved Minnie Mouse and pink was her favourite colour – she was a girly girl and a little princess.

“We are all devastated and can’t get what’s happened into our heads.

“It was only last week I was playing with her at my nana’s.

“Her mum has got all the family round her and it’s a huge shock.”

Close friend Lisa Jones, 47, of Blackpool, said: “Maddison was a very happy child who was always laughing – just like you would expect a three-year-old to be.

“Her brother idolised her.

“The whole family is devastated.”

Hayley Stowell, manager of The Manor Nursery, who accompanied Maddison to hospital in the ambulance, said: “Maddison was a very happy and lively young girl, she loved to play with the baby dolls, especially feeding them and putting them to bed.

“She loved Minnie Mouse and would be so excited to come and show her friends and teachers her Minnie Mouse tops she wore.

“Maddison will be extremely missed by all her friends and the staff that cared for her and we shall not forget that beautiful smile that we saw every day.

“She would tell us stories about her family, sing songs and even boss her friends around – of course, they all listened.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police confirmed: “Police were called shortly after 11pm on Monday, March 31, following the admission of a three-year-old girl to Blackpool Victoria Hospital earlier that day.

“The girl’s condition worsened and she was transferred to the Manchester Children’s Hospital but she sadly died.

“The death is not thought to be suspicious and is 
currently being treated as 

“A post mortem examination will be carried out to try to establish the exact cause.

“The girl’s family are being offered support by specially trained police officers.”