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Orphan Set For Happy Christmas Period

Tuesday December 24 2013




AN orphan who was facing an uncertain future after the death of both parents within six weeks is set for a happy Christmas after being taken in by his aunt and uncle.

Lewis Clough, 12, was devastated after his dad was killed in a road accident, just weeks after his mum died from cancer.

But now he's settling into a happy new life with his loving family and looking forward to a happier Christmas period than he ever dared imagine.

He's starting a new school and has asked for his thanks to be passed on to the hundreds of local people who were so moved by the double tragedy that struck his young life that they organised collections in his name.

Lewis is living with his aunt and uncle - Jayne and Terry Jackson - at their home in Elsecar. Jayne is his mum's sister and her house is one where he has stayed regularly and where, he says, he feels at home.

Jayne and Terry say they too want to thank all the people who have sent gift vouchers and presents to Lewis.

"Times are hard and money is tight and yet so many people have thought of Lewis and given to collections in his name," said Terry, 53.

"Lewis has already spent some of the vouchers and is playing with the games he was given and all three of us want people who gave to these collections to know how much we appreciate all their kindness and good wishes.

"It just shows that no matter how bad things get, there's always some kindness that can help make you feel better and the people of Barnsley really have been so very kind."

The couple's own grown up son Jamie has moved out of the family's two-bedroom house to make room for Lewis.

"We all knew how important it was to provide Lewis with love and stability," said Jayne, 49.

"We wanted to ensure he could grow up surrounded by his family and with special memories of his mum and dad.

"Just a few days ago I asked him how he was and he said he likes living here - that made me so happy."

Lewis's parents had separated two years ago.

His mum Manda Kay, from Lundwood, died from cancer aged 52 in September. Six weeks later his dad, 44-year-old Ian Clough, of Hoyle Mill, was killed as he drove to work on the night shift at Premdor in Darton.

So many people were upset at the thought of a 12-year-old losing both parents in such a short time that collections were launched in shops and businesses in Lundwood and Hoyle Mill and at Premdor where Ian had worked.

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Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 17:33
This story makes my heart ache,we,as a little family have had a dreadfull time,my grandson lost his mum. The only advice I can give to Terry and Jayne is to let Lewis see the love in your eyes. A simple loving glance when its needed and when its unexpected is better than any gift.
Best wishes to you all, you sound a strong family,you will pull through.xx

Reply Posted by Cathy on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 20:08
What a heartwarming story that this young boy is with loving family after the awful year he has had. So glad he is safe and loved. Bestwishes to you all.

Reply Posted by nicky on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 10:41
so nice to hear lewis is doing ok and is happy where he is ,best wishes for the future x

Reply Posted by Kath on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 10:49
I have read the story about this young man and i am so happy for him to be able to settle in a home with family who love him especially at this time of year good luck to him xx

Reply Posted by Ian Shaw on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 11:02
Wonderful people. Nice one.

Reply Posted by g on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 11:08
i know the lad lewis and i was a friend of his dads and knew his mam am realy pleased his with family

Reply Posted by Lyn Fawcett on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 12:10
What a wonderful family. I am sorry that such tradegies have happened to this family, but I wish them all the very best for the future.

Reply Posted by debbie on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 12:45
have a lovely Christmas young man xx

Reply Posted by s on Wednesday December 25 2013 at 18:48
awww i remember lewis cumin into fish shop where i worked before he went to nursery wiv his mum she was a lovely lady an lewis is a lovely lad , hope he as settled into hiz new home hope ya av a lovely christmas lewis xx

Reply Posted by Karen Sheard on Thursday December 26 2013 at 01:06
Wishing you and yours all the best Terry and Jayne. And Lewis too, hes in good hands . God Bless ! xxx

Reply Posted by Lorraine Crossley on Thursday December 26 2013 at 09:33
What brilliant news his mum Manda would be chuffed to bits that Lewis is happy and safe living with Jane & Terry xxxx

Reply Posted by Wendy on Saturday December 28 2013 at 08:45
Awww, what an amazing boy, n an amazing family, nice one Jane & Terry xx

Reply Posted by hoyle mill on Sunday December 29 2013 at 18:25
We are all glad we could help! Everyone's hearts go out to Lewis and the rest of the family! Glad to see him smiling xx

Reply Posted by mary on Wednesday January 1 2014 at 03:17
this is my grandson it was me who gave my son ian money for lewis it waslewis home all his life my son brought the house 25 year ago at 19 lewis was back with ian for 4 nonhts and i was seeing him twice aweek i know what people did and said to ian and lewis it didnt take them long to change the lock on my son house they would not tell me where lewis had gone till i saw it on this site my son was agood dad to lewis if was was not why did they live there for 10 years then i was told that my son had been killed i told lewis that the house was his iwas the one there for the next two weeks to care for him i did buy him some cloths for christmas i hope you got that new computer they promised you thank you to all at hoyle mill that have been so kind to me some i have speaken to for 25 years i looked afther lewis for 1 year every weekend then i had him again for 2 years afther school to lorraine and wendy it was ian that went down when she could not cope we all could see the texts and letters you all could not hurt ian but you all hurt lewis i do not need to steal from my son or grandson you all know who you are he was my son for 44year and did lots of things that lot of people only dream of lewis i love you like i loved your daddie xxxxxx

Reply Posted by mary on Wednesday January 1 2014 at 03:17
this is my grandson it was me who gave my son ian money for lewis it waslewis home all his life my son brought the house 25 year ago at 19 lewis was back with ian for 4 nonhts and i was seeing him twice aweek i know what people did and said to ian and lewis it didnt take them long to change the lock on my son house they would not tell me where lewis had gone till i saw it on this site my son was agood dad to lewis if was was not why did they live there for 10 years then i was told that my son had been killed i told lewis that the house was his iwas the one there for the next two weeks to care for him i did buy him some cloths for christmas i hope you got that new computer they promised you thank you to all at hoyle mill that have been so kind to me some i have speaken to for 25 years i looked afther lewis for 1 year every weekend then i had him again for 2 years afther school to lorraine and wendy it was ian that went down when she could not cope we all could see the texts and letters you all could not hurt ian but you all hurt lewis i do not need to steal from my son or grandson you all know who you are he was my son for 44year and did lots of things that lot of people only dream of lewis i love you like i loved your daddie xxxxxx

Reply Posted by lauren on Wednesday January 1 2014 at 15:01
Happy new year matey!