Layton Harrison’s mother pays tribute after Penwortham collision

Posted on - 8th August, 2023 - 2:18pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News
Stacey Bailey and Layton Harrison Pic: Lancashire Police

The mother of a young boy who died in Penwortham has paid tribute to him.

Eight-year-old Layton Harrison died in hospital from his injuries after a collision with a black Ford Transit van.

South Ribble Police were called to Bilsborough Hey, Penwortham, around 4.20pm on Tuesday 1 August.

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The Lancashire Post reported that Layton was in foster care with Lancashire County Council at the time of his death.

Layton’s mother Stacey Bailey said: “Layton was a much loved little boy by all who knew him. He was my world and my best friend.

“A part of me went with Layton the day he died. He lit up every room he walked into.

“He was the most energetic, happiest boy you would ever meet.

“His carers are the most selfless carers I’ve ever known; they adored Layton and loved him like their own.

“I can’t thank them both enough for the love and care they gave my son during the past two years.

“I would like to say a big thanks to the police and the staff at the Royal Preston Hospital for their work they have done and the support shown to myself and carers during this difficult time.

“Myself and his carers would like to grieve in peace now as we try to come to terms with what has happened.

“RIP my beautiful baby boy, you will never be forgotten.”

A fundraiser set up to help the family has now reached more than £4,000 on GoFundMe.

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South Ribble Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision or people who saw Layton or the van in the moments before the incident.

PC Simon Grounds of Lancashire Police’ Specialist Operations Department, said: “We kindly request that Layton’s family and friends are now given the privacy and time to grieve.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 0971 of August 1 2023.

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