Friends rally round to help caravan blaze youngster

Reporter:

Matt Jones

BRAVE toddler Emmy Taylor remains in hospital two months after the horrific caravan fire which claimed the lives of her grandfather and uncle.

The three-year-old is undergoing physiotherapy at Alder Hey hospital as she recovers from burns sustained in the fire at Sunny Sands Caravan Park at Talybont, in June.

Her grandfather, Robert Taylor, 58, and uncle Andrew, 26, both of Flint, died in the fire.

A fundraising drive has now been launched for Emmy and her parents Ian Taylor, 28, and Laura Lidford, 24, who continue to keep a vigil at her bedside.

Members of The Royal British Legion in Flint are hosting a snooker event with Bagillt-born snooker star Ricky Walden, winner of the 2008 Shanghai Masters, playing a frame against seven members of the Legion’s snooker team.

Organiser and team vice captain Chris Reid said: “Andy was my friend and I used to play football with him. He was a regular player for the Legion team and Robert came along to watch home games.

“Me and the captain Russ Latham thought it would be fitting to have Ricky play an exhibition in their memory. Their deaths have affected everyone. It was tragic.

“All proceeds will go to Emmy to help improve her life and some will go to the parents because they are unable to work at the moment.

“It is a way of the community showing their support for the Taylor family. A lot of people want to help. People can also donate money at any time at the Legion.”

Desside Snooker Leauge will rename its ‘B’ division cup in memory of Andrew from next season.

Club steward Denise Shipley said: “The fire was a tragic event. It was awful. Robert and Andrew were lovely people. We are all hoping Emmy gets better as soon as possible.”

Tickets for the event, which starts at 8pm on September 2, are priced £10 with Ricky also putting three one frame matches up for auction.

Snooker memorabilia courtesy of Ricky and his manager Lee Gorton will be auctioned off and a raffle will be held on the night.

For more information contact 01352 733309.

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