Baby ashes scandal mum organises charity match

A MUM caught up in the Glasgow baby ashes scandal has vowed to help other parents battling to find out what happened to their children's remains with a charity event.

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Stacey has a memory box but her son Daniel's ashes weren't recovered after his cremation
Stacey has a memory box but her son Daniel's ashes weren't recovered after his cremation

Stacey Lamb, 29, was robbed of her son Daniel's ashes after crematorium staff told her there was nothing left following his cremation.

Now she is determined to help other parents get the support they need and find out the truth about their baby's ashes by holding a fundraising football match for the Forget-Me-Not charity.

The charity was launched in December 2013 by bereaved parents David and Linsay Bonar, also from Glasgow, in memory of their son Lachlan, who died in 2006 aged just three days.

After cremating their baby they too were told there were no ashes but it has since come to light that they are among scores of parents who were lied to by crematorium staff.

Stacey, from Tollcross, became friends with Linsay in their shared grief and she decided to give her support to the charity.

Her new partner Addison Restrick, 24, and her ex, Michael Leith, 30, who was Daniel's dad, are helping to organise two teams to go head to head at Petershill Football Club in the city's Springburn area.

Last month Stacey spoke exclusively to the Evening Times about her heartache in a bid to encourage other parents to contact the National Investigation Unit, led by former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini, set up last week in the wake of Lord Bonomy's Infant Cremation Commission report.

She said: "The Forget-Me-Knot charity do a wonderful job in supporting the parents who have lost their babies and helping them find out where their ashes have gone.

"I just want to give something back."

Stacey was 20 weeks' pregnant with her second child when she was told Daniel had died in her womb and she had to give birth to a still-born baby on August 24, 2011.

Daniel was cremated at ­Daldowie Crematorium, in Uddingston, and after the service she asked for her baby's ashes but was told there was nothing left.

Staff insisted the bones of stillborn babies were too fine to survive a cremation.

janice.burns@eveningtimes.co.uk

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