Remembering Hartlepool’s little princess

Nichola Crilly with a photograph of her late daughter Taylor Stallard.
Nichola Crilly with a photograph of her late daughter Taylor Stallard.

HARTLEPOOL’S “little princess” will be remembered in a day filled with fundraising.

On May 15 this year, Taylor Stallard from Hartlepool would have been ten years old.

But tragic Taylor died after battling with a number of ailments including chronic lung disease, an enlarged spleen, chronic anaemia, and reflux.

She spent much of her life at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle while medics topped up her almost non-existent immune system.

But she lost her brave fight at four years old on June 7, 2009, and now her family plan to back the Sick Children’s Trust which gave Taylor and her family so much support during her life.

Mum Nichola Crilly, 27, said the help of the charity has never been forgotten.

“We have raised money every year. We have done a charity fun day, we have done a fun run which raised more than £2,00 and we have set up a Just Giving page.

“Taylor is in our memories and we wanted to do something for her tenth birthday celebrations. The Sick Children’s Trust did so much for us.”

The fun day will be held at the Raglan Quoit Club in Hartlepool on Sunday, May 17, from 12pm to 5pm.

Entry is £1 a ticket and up to 200 people can attend. Attractions will include face painting, pony rides, a raffle, disco, games, hot dogs, cake stall, characters from Frozen and a photographer.

Nichola, of Challenor Close, Hartlepool, who is mum to four-year-old Oliver Crilly, added: “We would love to hear from anyone who could provide a bouncy castle, a children’s entertainer or raffle prizes.”

Taylor stole the hearts of Mail readers when we launched a £2,800 appeal in 2009 to buy a specialist Wizzybug wheelchair for her.

The adoring public loved Taylor so much, the money was gathered in less than a fortnight and, in the weeks that followed, thousands more pounds flooded in.

And after the wheelchair was bought, the rest of the cash helped towards the cost of a room set up in Taylor’s memory at Crawford House – in the grounds of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle – where her family stayed while she was being treated at the RVI.

Taylor became known to thousands as Hartlepool’s Little Princess. Now, they can support her again.

Taylor’s nana Debbie Groom, 49, said: “Crawford House played a big part for the whole family. Even in Taylor’s passing days, the whole of the family were there at Crawford House.

“It was thanks to them that we could be a family.”

In another fundraiser, Oliver’s dad Stephen Crilly, 27, will put himself through a sponsored wax for the same cause on February 26.

To support any of the fundraising events, visit the Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Taylor-elizabeth/