THE MUM of a Stanley man who was killed in a tragic accident four years ago has described her son as a ‘shining star.’
Daniel Willetts, injured himself fatally with his shotgun while out lamping – a form of hunting rabbits – in fields near his home in January 2007 aged just 23.
Now friends and family are fundraising to pay for a lantern in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church as a memorial for Daniel.
Sally Willetts, Daniel’s mum, told the Advertiser: “We want to erect a lantern for Daniel.
“He was our shining star so it makes sense that his memory lights up the churchyard.
“They say time heals but for us the pain is as raw as the day it happened still.
“He was a lovely young man and we miss him so much. Hopefully a memorial will help us and it will be somewhere for people to remember Daniel.”
Family and friends donated £1,500 in his memory at his funeral. Half of the money went to support the British Heart Foundation, and the other half was saved for Daniel’s memorial.
As part of the work the churchyard’s Victorian gates will also be restored in Daniel’s memory.
The Vicar of Stanley, Rev Simon White, said: “I’m pleased we can commemorate a much-missed young man with this project which will add to village and church amenities and benefit the whole community.
“The amount of goodwill offered to date speaks volumes about Daniel as a person, and the affection we feel here for his family.
“Every donation, however small, will help us achieve something of value and quality in Daniel’s memory.”
For information on how to donate to the fund contact Rev Simon White on 0115 9324695 or send a cheque made payable to St Andrew, Stanley, PCC and marked in memory of Daniel Willetts. Donations can be posted to Abbey Cottage, 22 Station Road, Stanley.