Archive for July 27th, 2010

Once again, I need no reminding this is a Cancer blog and the battle to survive.

I ,however, would like to bring to everyones attention this tragic story…Is it a freak accident? no it is not, this has happened to many young children and also to family pets.

When will a safety catch be fitted to washing machines and tumble dryers so they are ‘CHILD SAFE’

How many more children will have to die before someone wakes up,this is happening all too often?

I have a seperate laundry room and NEVER EVER forget the time I found one of my six week old kittens snuggled up amongst the dirty laundry, had I not checked….

I now always make sure my washing machine door is shut and no little furry animal is trapped inside.

I cannot imagine the turmoil this little boys mother is in at this moment….Such a stupid mistake and could have been avoided if there had been a safety latch.

A four-year-old boy died after climbing into a tumble dryer in what is believed to be a game of hide-and-seek that went tragically wrong.

Sonny Gibson was trapped in the machine for an hour while his family and police searched nearby fields for him thinking he had strayed from the house.

When the search moved into their home in rural Ashbourne, Derbyshire, his mother discovered the little boy in the machine’s drum.

Sonny Gibson was trapped in the machine for an hour while his family and a police helicopter searched nearby fields for him

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police would not say whether the machine was on when he was found.
It was still unclear last night whether he had suffocated or died as the dryer began its cycle.

The four-year-old died after climbing into a tumble dryer while playing hide-and seek

It is thought that he managed to climb into the dryer and somehow close the door behind him.

His mother Anne Shepherd, who is in her mid-40s, was last night too distressed to speak and was under medical supervision.

One neighbour, who asked not be named, said Sonny loved hide-and-seek and was ‘always trying to give his brothers and sisters a surprise’.

Neighbours described him as a ‘sweet little lad’. He had finished nursery last week and it was the first day of his holidays, they said.

It is understood his mother had gone shopping in the town centre some time after 10am yesterday and had left Sonny’s elder half-sister and half-brothers to look after him.

The neighbour said: ‘I’ve been told he was playing hide-and-seek while they were dozing on the sofa.
‘He must have been in there at least an hour so God only knows what it must have been like.’

Police were called just after 10.30am by Sonny’s mother who returned home to find that he was missing.

She was said to have recently split from Sonny’s father and often left him in the care of her children from her previous relationship – Sarah, 20, Nathan, 19, Martin, 17, and Luke, 15.
Last night they were said to be inconsolable and blaming themselves for the tragedy.
Detectives were still at the house last night and half of the cul-de-sac remained cordoned off.
A police source said: ‘It does seem it’s a bizarre and tragic accident.’
Police were awaiting results of a post-mortem examination. No one has been arrested.
A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘He was found by his mother, who had a police officer with her at the time. She’s distraught, as can be expected.’

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My Friend FINNEY.

I have become very close to a cancer patient on’ Blog for a Cure’…or should I say, he has made me become very close to him.

Finney, my friend and supporter has a tumour growing on the upper part of his leg, he is due for surgery in three weeks time.

He has spent the last few days in the hospital with his father and the last 24 hours in the Hospice where his father passed away last night.

Finney has ignored his own pain and now his leg is swollen and bleeding with blisters .

Finney, the most selfless person I have ever met has a strong belief in God, he has tried to make me also believe in his deep faith.

I have explained to Finney how I cannot believe in something I cannot see, feel or touch…I would not say he has given up on me as a lost cause, but told me even if I do not believe in God, God believes in me.

Someone has left this on Finneys blog and I thought I would place it here because the ‘donor’ of theis poem read it at her mothers funeral who also died from breast cancer.


“I’ll lend you for a little while
A child of mine” God said – For you to love the while he lives
and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years
or forty two or three
but will you, till I call him back,
take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
and, should his stay be brief,
you’ll have his nicest memories
as solace for his grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
since all from earth return
but, there are lessons taught below,
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over,
in my search for teachers true,
and from the things that crowd life’s lane
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love,
nor think the labour vain,
nor hate me when I come to take
this lent child back again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done”
for all the joys thy child will bring
the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
we’ll love him while we may,
and for the happiness we’ve known
forever grateful stay.
But, should thy Angels call for him
much sooner than we planned,
we’ll brave the grief that comes
and try to understand.

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