Holiday haven in tribute to toddler

Opening of James Bulger House at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, Denise Fergus and son Michael.
Opening of James Bulger House at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, Denise Fergus and son Michael.
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DESERVING kids are set to enjoy a fun-packed trip to a Fylde coast holiday park after a holiday home was opened in memory of a tragic youngster.

James Bulger’s family have spent the last two years fundraising to bring the static caravan to Wrea Green’s Ribby Hall Leisure Village.

The toddler was murdered after he was abducted from a Liverpool shopping centre in 1993. The caravan was officially opened by his mum Denise Fergus in his memory.

Known as “James Bulger House”, it will offer children in need of a morale boost or deserve a reward the chance to holiday with their family.

And Mrs Fergus said she couldn’t think of a better place for the van than the Wrea Green holiday park.

She said: “I think it’s a fantastic holiday resort, it has everything here for the kids, they won’t get bored here.

“I fell in love with the place, I really got a feel for it. We decided to do it because I’ve always said every time you pick up the paper or put on the news you hear about bad kids getting rewards but the good kids getting nothing at all.

“We decided to get James Bulger House up and running to reward good kids for a change.”

The project was organised as part of the work of the James Bulger Memorial Trust, founded in January, and became a reality after a well-wisher donated the nearly-new static caravan to the charity.

The van was moved to Ribby Hall and Denise carried out renovation work to ensure it was in tip-top condition ahead of the opening.

Mrs Fergus added: “James Bulger House is there to help heal lives that have been damaged and to reward youngsters who have done good things for the community or for other people.

“If it can help put a smile on the faces of a few children, all the effort will be worthwhile.”

And Ribby Hall’s general manager Tony Durston added: “We just thought it was such a good thing we would like to support it.

“It just seemed to fit the bill with the facilities we offer and what they were looking for.”