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Lantern tribute in memory of Leeds tot Erin

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

PIC: Bruce Rollinson

  • by Katie Baldwin
 

The night skies above Leeds were lit up in memory of a tot who died from a rare lung condition just before Christmas.

Erin Field lost her battle against the pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD), which affects only a handful of people each year, in December.

As previously reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post, the 14-month-old touched lives across the world after her family launched a fundraising appeal for possible treatment.

Tragically she deteriorated suddenly before doctors could explore whether a lung transplant might have helped.

People all over the world supported her family via social networks and on New Year’s Eve, Chinese lanterns were set off in and around Otley as Erin lived in nearby Arthington with her parents Sarah and Robert.

Erin’s aunt, Catherine Greenwood, said the couple and the rest of their family released heart-shaped lanterns from Surprise View at the top of Otley Chevin.

Around 200 lanterns lit up the sky, with other supporters also releasing them at the Chevin and from Garnett’s Field, The Green at Weston and Grove Hill Park as part of the show of support organised by Mel Metcalfe.

Family in Stranraer in Scotland also set lanterns free in Erin’s memory.

Catherine added: “Sarah and Rob have been so moved by all the support from the Otley community, they feel they have been surrounded by a wave of care and love.

“The spectacle of the lanterns moved them greatly and has given them some hope for the future, knowing so many people are supporting them and wanting to keep the memory of Erin alive.”

Erin died less than two weeks after becoming ill with the condition, which causes high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.

The fundraising she inspired had already collected £4,000, which will be split The Sick Children’s Trust, which provides accommodation for parents at LGI which Sarah and Robert stayed in, and The British Lung Foundation. They may also look into setting up a charity solely for PVOD research. Log on to http://erinfield.org or search for Erin Field Fundraising Campaign on Facebook.

 

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