Lasting tribute to daughter after family’s plight features in the YEP

Christine and Christopher Fisher by daughter Stacy's headstone at Pudsey Cemetary.
Christine and Christopher Fisher by daughter Stacy's headstone at Pudsey Cemetary.
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GRIEVING PARENTS who lost hundreds of pounds after the company from which they ordered a headstone “disappeared” finally have a lasting tribute to their daughter after their plight featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

GRIEVING PARENTS who lost hundreds of pounds after the company from which they ordered a headstone “disappeared” finally have a lasting tribute to their daughter after their plight featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Christopher and Christine Fisher were left devastated when they paid out £785 for a headstone to mark the site where daughter Stacy’s ashes are buried, only for the company, Yorkshire Memorials, to seemingly vanish.

But last week they were finally able to see a headstone placed at the site at Pudsey Cemetery, after a stonemason who saw the Fisher’s story in the YEP offered to replace the missing memorial for free.

Mrs Fisher, 53, of Pudsey, said: “This is what I have wanted for her all along.

“We’re so grateful, it’s like closure.”

Stacy, 31, died in April of pulmonary hypertension and pneumonia but had suffered health problems throughout her life after being born with a condition called with Triple X syndrome.

The new headstone was donated by MA Clarke and Sons Memorial Masons, who are based at Lawnswood Cemetary.

Stonemason Richard Clarke said his father Mark had read about the family’s experience and wanted to do the gesture to help.

“It’s a horrible time to have to deal with something like this,” he added.

Mr Fisher, 58, said: “We were over the moon when Mark got in touch. Without him, we’d never have been able to afford to replace the memorial.

“It’s taken nine months, but we finally have somewhere fitting to remember Stacy.”

THE FISHERS paid £780 in August to Yorkshire Memorials, who were based at Lawnswood Cemetery, for a headstone - but it never arrived.

Despite frantic phone calls, emails and letters, they did not receive an answer. West Yorkshire Trading Standards investigated complaints made about the company, which still has a website running and is listed as active with Companies House.

The Yorkshire Evening Post attempted to contact Yorkshire Memorials, but had no response.

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