Family's fundraising push in legal fight over death of five-year-old Shay Turner

By Adele Forrest | 16/08/2019

Family's fundraising push in legal fight over death of five-year-old Shay Turner

A FAMILY fighting for answers about their five-year-old’s sudden death will be taking on a charity climb this weekend to help fund their legal battle.

Little Millers fan Shay Turner (pictured above) died in April last year after suffering a catastrophic brain injury.

His family claim he was misdiagnosed at Rotherham Hospital and given ten times the standard dose of insulin.

In their bid to fund solicitors’ fees for the inquest, around 20 people — including Shay’s nine-year-old brother Finnley — will take on a challenging walk on Sunday.

Grandmother Yvonne Turner, of Rawmarsh, said: “We have arranged an eight-mile sponsored walk from Edale up to Kinder Scout and down Jacob’s Ladder back to Edale.

“It’s not an easy walk as there’s some climbing involved.”

Money raised will go towards the family’s Justice for Shay crowdfunding appeal, which they are aiming to double from £7,500 by October.

Shay’s parents Martyn and Laura will also be taking part and the group will be wearing T-shirts with the Rawmarsh Ryecroft Infant School pupil’s favourite colour, orange.

Grandad Dave Turner said he hoped the walk would help give their fundraising a much-needed boost.

“It has stalled a bit so we are hoping this will kick it off again,” he said.

“We organised the walk to get more people involved and asked friends to ask their friends.”

On the walk, the group will be given rocks decorated with Shay’s name on — a tribute to the schoolboy’s love of the Rotherham Rocks craze which combines art and treasure hunting.

“Shay has his own Facebook page called Shay’s Travelling Rocks which we’ve been doing for the last 16 months,” said Dave.

“People from as far afield as Australia, Japan and America have decorated and hidden rocks with Shay’s name on.

“People on our walk can hide their rocks in the Peaks or take them elsewhere. It helps keep his memory alive.”

Shay’s uncle Ben Ashton has also organised a charity football match and race night on August 31.

The event will be held at the Monkwood Pub in Rawmarsh at 7pm and details about the football match are yet to be confirmed.


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