A PLAYPARK is to be created as a lasting tribute to a young boy who was tragically killed in a horror accident.
Little Caleb Cameron, who was just four years old, died after being hit by an out-of-control jet ski as he played on the slipway at Kilchoan Pier close to his new home in the north west of the country.
The little battler – who was born at Paisley Maternity – fought hard for life but never survived the serious injuries and passed away surrounded by his heartbroken family.
Now his memory will live on with the help of Buddies.
For his parents Gael and Bert, who lived in the Hunterhill area of the town, are raising funds to help build a playpark as a tribute to their little son.
And close friend Jim Conroy, who owns Abbey Flooring in the town’s West End, is preparing to pull on his back pack and walking boots to join Bert on a 96-mile charity trek.
He said: “The family were left devastated when little Caleb died.
“He was out by the water when a jet ski lost control and hit him. He was taken to the hospital but died later because his injuries were so bad.
“The villagers in Kilchoan, where Bert and Gael now live with their daughter Holly, have been trying to raise money for a playpark there and after Caleb’s death it was decided to create the park in his memory.
“It’s a fitting tribute and a place where Gael and Bert will be able to remember wee Caleb.”
Gael, 34, and Bert, 40, met in Paisley where she was studying at the town’s university before taking up a nursing post at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where Caleb was born.
They moved north to the village of Kilchoan three years ago to enjoy the rural life with their two children.
But tragedy struck in September last year when Caleb was killed in the freak accident.
Big-hearted Jim, 43, will take on the West Highland Way to boost funds.
He added that half of the money needed, £40,000, has been donated by Highland Council and Bert’s utilities firm will carry out the £20,000 ground work.
He went on: “Fundraising events in the village have gathered a further £6,000 and there’s £14,000 to go.
“We’re hoping that our 10-man West Highland Way challenge will go some way to raising that remaining cash.
“It really is a good cause and one I’m delighted to be helping out in.
“Bert and Gael are close friends of ours, Bert was the best man at my wedding and Gael had to leave that day when she went into labour with Caleb, so it’s been tough to see them go through this.
“They stayed in Paisley for a long time and Bert’s from Bridge of Weir so they have close links to the area, and I hope people are able to help raise funds.”
Jim and Bert will be joined by friends to tackle the 96-mile West Highland Way on Thursday, April 1.
l To sponsor Jim or to make a donation contact Gavin McInally at the Paisley Daily Express newsroom on 0141 887 7911, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into Abbey Flooring, in Wellmeadow Street, Paisley.