A FAMILY raising money to fund legal representation at the inquest into the death of their five-year-old son to find out the truth behind his tragic death have nearly reached their target.
Shay Turner’s family launched the crowdfunding campaign three months ago in a bid to raise £15,000 to fund solicitors’ fees ahead of his inquest next week.
The little Millers fan (pictured, below) suffered a catastrophic brain injury and died four days after being admitted to Rotherham Hospital in March last year.
His family claim doctors misdiagnosed their son as diabetic and gave him ten times the standard dose of insulin over two hours and failed to treat him for sepsis.
Grandmother Yvonne Turner said generous donors had helped them to raise around £12,000.
Last month, an eight-mile walk completed by Shay’s family — including his nine-year-old brother Finnley — and friends in the Peak District raised £4,255.
Yvonne and around 40 other walkers (pictured) completed the challenging five-hour walk wearing T-shirts with the Rawmarsh Ryecroft Infant School pupil’s favourite colour, orange.
“It was amazing,” said Yvonne, “And we’ve said now we will do a walk every year in Shay’s memory — the next one will be in April.”
The group left rocks with Shay’s name on along the route and shared memories of the youngster as they walked.
“We talked about Shay a lot,” said support worker Yvonne.
“As we were walking we were saying: ‘If Shay was here he’d be at the top by now or dangling his feet over that rock’.
“There were a few tears when we were setting off but we thought: ‘We are doing this for Shay’.”
A football match and race night organised by Shay’s uncle Ben Ashton raised £1,700 and a raffle at his great-grandmother’s care home brought in more than £200.
Brother Finnley also raised £155 in a charity football match — and bagged a goal in the process.