Sean’s memory lives on in gift to brave little girl

Xylia Didelot with daughter Frankie and fundraisers Yvonne Bailey and Sean's mum Jackie''w134101a
Xylia Didelot with daughter Frankie and fundraisers Yvonne Bailey and Sean's mum Jackie''w134101a

A disabled toddler is set to benefit from the generosity of Whitby residents.

Two-year-old Frankie Bates developed amniotic band syndrome during her mother’s pregnancy, which prevented her left arm from developing.

Now, Frankie is set to receive the gift of a special attachment which will allow her to ride a bicycle or push a pram.

The gift will be organised through the proceeds from a fund-raising night at Raw nightclub on October 20.

The event is being organised in memory of Sean Coleman, who passed away last year, and will also raise funds for research into Muscular Dystrophy.

Frankie’s mum, Xylia Didelot, said: “It’s a lovely idea. It was a surprise when we got the call off Yvonne and they told us what they were going to do.”

Born with just one arm, Frankie is as cheerful as any other little girl, but Xylia explained she does get frustrated and upset when her disability prevents her from doing simple things such as pushing a pushchair.

Amniotic band syndrome is caused by a rupture of the membrane, meaning that when she was a tiny foetus the circulation to Frankie’s left arm was cut off. The arm then failed to develop, like a lamb’s tail.

Sean’s mum, Jackie, said she believed her son would be proud that funds raised in his memory would be used to help a small child. She said: “It’s really gone to my heart. It’s very emotional and quite touching.

“Sean loved children, he had a niece and nephew and he adored them.

“He had a big heart my son, so he would be very proud.”

With the night in memory of Sean an annual event, the hope is that each year a different child or youngster will be chosen to receive a gift with the proceeds from the fund-raising evening.