THE memory of a baby boy who tragically died is living on through the generosity of his parents.

Patients at Warrington and Halton hospitals were able to enjoy a sweet treat over the Easter period thanks to Darran and Louise O’Neill.

The couple, from Widnes, have been donating to the hospital trust’s Easter egg appeal for the past 13 years since the death of their three-month-old son James.

This year was no exception, as they dropped off three crates of Easter eggs, as well as an Xbox 360, a mountain bike, Widnes Vikings signed shirt, Warrington Wolves signed rugby ball, signed Liverpool FC football for the children’s ward.

Darran, who works as a HGV driver, said: “The inspiration came from our son, who we wanted to remember.

“Plus, we wanted to show our support and thanks to the ward that became our family, friends and support network during his short life. We just wish we could do more.

“We cannot buy toys for our son, but what we can do is give back to a small children’s ward community that gave us so much.

“This way, we keep our son’s memory alive and help to support others in need.

“Local hospitals are at the forefront of our local community – they are there for us in our everyday lives, both long-term and in an emergency.

“It is not just about the medical care that is given, but the unconditional, professional support that is always shown, and it is for this reason that any support that can be given should be given.”

Children’s ward staff said that there were ‘smiles all around’ this Easter, with patients young and old ‘completely overjoyed’ with their gift.

Warrington Hospital also received their annual Easter visit from Phase Three Scooter Club, with members collectively riding through the hospital grounds.

They did stop however to drop off a large delivery of sweet treats for all of the young patients.

Helen Higginson, fundraising manager at Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity, said: “The team wishes to acknowledge the wonderful support that we have received.

“Our patients have been truly uplifted by the kind gifts provided, and it is inspiring to be able to share how much our community cares about patients in hospital, especially over the Easter period.”