Stone mason offers help to couple

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Grieving parents who never received the £780 headstone bought for their daughter’s grave are to be helped by a generous Leeds stone mason touched by their plight.

As the YEP recently reported, Christopher and Christine Fisher were left devastated when Yorkshire Memorials, at Lawnswood Cemetery, failed to deliver the headstone for the grave of their daughter Stacy.

Stacy, 31, died in April this year from complications linked to a condition she had been born with called Triple X 
syndrome.

Her ashes were buried at Pudsey Cemetery and - after paying a total of £780 since May - the family expected Yorkshire Memorials to deliver the headstone on August 29, but it never arrived. It has since emerged the company left its Lawnswood Cemetery base, after Leeds City Council, as landlord, took possession of the property on July 23. The family have heard nothing from the company since.

But now, stone mason Mark Clarke, of M A Clarke and Son, also at Lawnswood Cemetery, has offered to make the Fishers a headstone free of charge after reading their story in the YEP.

He said: “It wasn’t a very nice story. It was such a sad situation. So I thought if there was any way I could help out, I would.”

Christine Fisher said she now feels she can move on thanks to Mr Clarke’s generosity.

“It’s absolutely marvellous. I can’t believe there are still nice people willing to help strangers.

“I’m as grateful as I am pleased. It’s unbelievable.

“I go up to the cemetery quite a bit. It just looks so sad without a headstone there - like something’s missing.

“To me it’s everything. It’s what I wanted for her.

“This makes it the final thing to be done.

“I can move on now.”

The Fishers say they have written to the registered address for Yorkshire Memorials but have yet to receive a reply.

No-one from Yorkshire Memorials was available to comment.

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