May 23 2012 by Sharon Liptrott, Dumfries Standard Wednesday
A GRIEVING Dumfries family have given a cash legacy to the neo-natal unit at the Cresswell.
Twenty-six-year-old Daryl Reid died last month after taking an epileptic seizure in the bath.
The family’s bereavement has been eased by “overwhelming support” from the local community who have helped raise a fantastic £2,368 in his name.
On Wednesday the cash was presented to staff at the neo-natal unit within Dumfries Infirmary’s Cresswell maternity unit.
The honour of the cheque presentation was given to Daryl’s four-year-old nephew, Ashton, who was born six weeks prematurely and cared for by staff at the unit.
Daryl’s mum, Rita, said: “We are devastated by Daryl’s death but people have been so thoughtful in making donations in his name.
“We wanted it to make a real difference and know that the neo-natal unit saves lives. Hopefully this money will be put to good use in Daryl’s name and it is a thank you for giving so much care to Ashton.
“Daryl was also born six weeks premature but that was at the old Cresswell in Larchfield and they were fantastic too. He was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 13.
“We miss him so much.”
She said that a collection was held at his funeral service initially and then donations poured in over the weeks after his death, including £768 from colleagues at Dunlops where he worked.
Rita added: “We want to thank everyone who made this donation to the neo-natal unit possible. We are so grateful.
“The overwhelming support we have had has given us great strength and comfort.”
Daryl (pictured, inset) was a former pupil at Georgetown Primary and Dumfries High School.