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Boy Loses Both Parents In Six Weeks

Thursday October 31 2013

A BOY of just 12 has been left an orphan after his dad was killed in a road accident - just six weeks after his mum died from cancer.

Lewis Clough is now being looked after by his dad's fiancee at the home they shared in Hoyle Mill and from where they planned to marry next year.

A tearful Dawn Porter vowed: "I will give him all the love and support that I can because he needs it and he deserves it - because I love him."

Friends and neighbours are planning a massive farewell to 44-year-old Ian Clough, who was killed on his way to work on the night shift at Premdor in Darton last Thursday.

Ian, a popular and well known regular at the Corner Pocket, had been in a relationship with Lewis's mum, Mandy Kay from Lundwood for 18 years.

The couple split up less than two years ago, but earlier this year Lewis moved back to live with his dad and his fiancee Dawn in Pontefract Road, Hoyle Mill, when Mandy, who had been diagnosed with cancer, became ill.

Dawn said: "Of course it was very hard for Lewis when his mum died. We tried our best to help him, we tried to give him the stability and love any child would need in those terrible circumstances."

Dawn, 46, has five grown up children, and says Ian and Lewis had together already picked out her wedding dress.

She said: "Their relationship was growing stronger and stronger every day and we were all looking forward to our wedding.

"Now in the space of less than two months Lewis will have been at both his parents' funerals. That is quite something for a young boy to cope with, but I am determined to ensure he has all the love he needs and the people around here have been so very very kind and supportive."

Dawn says she knew the night Ian died that 'something terrible' had happened when he failed to text her as he did every day to say he was safely at work and about to start the night shift.

"I knew before the police turned up to knock at the door. I loved Ian so much and we were planning the rest of our life together as a family. I'm heartbroken but I have to be strong for Lewis because he needs me," she said.

It was last Thursday night at 9.35pm when Ian's blue Yamaha motorbike was travelling on the A637 Barnsley Road towards Darton when it was involved in a head-on collision with a silver Citroen Xsara Picasso.

The vehicles collided on a sweeping bend near to Bence Lane. The motorbike left the road and ended up down an embankment. Ian suffered fatal head injuries and died at the scene. The 82-year-old car driver, also from Barnsley, is believed to have escaped uninjured.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the manner of driving prior to the incident or anyone who saw the collision.

Witnesses are to call 101 quoting incident number 1263 of October 17.

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Reply Posted by Jane on Thursday October 31 2013 at 09:38
Such sadness, so near Christmas as well. My heart goes out to the little boy Lewis and to dawn. Be strong xxx

Reply Posted by Corie on Thursday October 31 2013 at 09:38
I can't believe how sad this is. Poorly Lewis. I feel so sad for him my heart goes out to Lewis and dawn and my thoughts are with then n the rest of their family . Rip Ian. X

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:00
Poor poor little man. So tragic and to lose both parents must be truly devastating. Dawn, I know you must be heartbroken too but hats off to you for helping this little man through such an horrendous time. You will be strong together and get through this. Much love xxx

Reply Posted by Mummy to two stars on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:05
Sleep tight Manda, heaven's a better place for you being there. RIP Ian. Thinking of you Lewis xx

Reply Posted by Jodie on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:25
How heartbreaking this is... So so sad. R.I.P xxx

Reply Posted by gemma on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:32
Rip ian & manda. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I know that our village will do anything we can to make sure lewis is ok and give dawn any support she needs, you will be missed by so many but forgotten by none sleep tight guys xxx

Reply Posted by Wendy on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:36
Heartbreaking!!! R.I.P Ian, i didnt know you, but my son David worked with you n was at the scene, he was the one that went down the banking to Ian. n it hit him really bad, but one thing im very proud of what he did, n stayed with him xx
Condolences to the family xx

Reply Posted by Kelly jo on Thursday October 31 2013 at 10:59
I met this lad when he came into my shop. He is so brave and we were all crying when he left it is so sad xxx

Reply Posted by Wetnoodle on Thursday October 31 2013 at 13:00
How tragic. Poor young lad. God bless.
Suddenly, money matters and stuff seem totally irrelevant. Life is precious.

Reply Posted by bless on Thursday October 31 2013 at 13:14
Aww this poor little lad, am soo glad he asnt got to go in to care. And he as his step mum to look after him n love him. Aww bless him ...

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday October 31 2013 at 14:25
so sad for the lil un to loose bith parents insuch a short time my heart goes out to you hugs , im sure though if this was my son i wouldnt want him to be with the dads partner of less than 2 years he should be with either the mum or dads family who hea lost they need to step upto the mark and sort the poor lil un out

Reply Posted by Swifty on Thursday October 31 2013 at 14:36
How does a twelve year old start to deal with this sad situation. I am a parent and grandparent and can not even think what would happen in this position.

Dawn you are a very special person and I wish you all the support you need comes your way.

I have no doubt Ian's friend and your friends will be organising events and I for one will be keeping an eye out so I can contribute something from my heart.

Hope you continue to find strength from somewhere.

Reply Posted by Glyn s on Thursday October 31 2013 at 16:08
Tragic loss of a good mans life Ian was a larger than life character at premdor and I know he will me missed by all who had the pleasure to know him R.I.P big man

Reply Posted by Kd on Thursday October 31 2013 at 18:07
I agree with anon comment

Reply Posted by Sheryll on Thursday October 31 2013 at 19:52
My friend Chris worked with him and 40 collegues gave him a send of to be proud yesterday.......RIP

Reply Posted by Mummy to two stars on Thursday October 31 2013 at 19:53
I have to agree with anon and kd

Reply Posted by sara on Thursday October 31 2013 at 22:34
dawn and lewis - may you find strength and love in each other. x x x

Reply Posted by Deb on Friday November 1 2013 at 00:29
Such a sad thing to happen to anyone never mind a little boy of 12, my heart goes out to him & his step mum. xx

anon unless you know the family personally you cannot judge them, you don't know what their circumstances are & i think you are totally wrong for posting such a thing.

Reply Posted by Eve on Friday November 1 2013 at 01:00
Amen to that Deb, those comments were uncalled for at such a sad time and as you said they had no right to judge

Reply Posted by gemma on Friday November 1 2013 at 09:21
Anon it is his wish to stay with dawn and she is doing a fantastic job and has the support of both families he will want for nothing so unless you know the family and the circumstances keep comments like that to yourself please

Reply Posted by Kelly on Friday November 1 2013 at 15:51
I have to totally agree with anon...this woman dawn has only known Lewis,s dad months. She has left 5 of her own kids down in Kent. Hardly a role model is she. See the daily mirror article online from last Saturday and in the comments below, one of her sons tells of the terrible life he has had with her and a guardian who is having to look after these poor children.
Lewis has to be brought up by someone who has stability and who has known him far longer than a few months.

Reply Posted by Annoyed on Monday November 4 2013 at 08:10
What a terribly tragic story for all involved. My heart goes out to Lewis - stay strong young man!

As for the completely inappropriate. comments by the uneducated folk (as usual), there's a time and a place for these, you should be DISGUSTED with yourselves posting such trash. And where was your 'trustworthy source'......The Daily mirror, hmmmm!

Reply Posted by Jodie on Monday November 4 2013 at 08:27
How is this an appropriate place for small minded people to post such comments, true or not your behaviour is disgusting! Mind ya there always has to be 1 busy body or in this case 3! Shame on u!!!! Maybe this boy doesn't know anything like this about Dawn and she is the only person he finds comfort with, for you to post such things and risk him reading this and losing that support as well is shocking!

Reply Posted by unknown on Monday November 4 2013 at 09:04
I think these comments about this woman's past is disgraceful and disgusting. A 12 year old boy has just lost his parents. This lady is the closet thing he has to a parent maybe until better arrangements are found you never know that. To slate her when this is an article about him losing his parents is shameful. Show him and his parents some respect you should be ashamed by your behaviour. Rip Ian and Mandy.

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday November 4 2013 at 10:34
Some very shameful posts on here. Why turn this post into an episode of Jeremy Kyle?
I feel for the boy... So sad. I hope he gets the help and support he needs :(

Reply Posted by kelly on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 15:31
Shameful posts ? Its a shame that facts like this werent brought out into the open for some other poor kids as they could have probably been saved from a life of neglect and abuse..that is what happens when stupid people refuse to face facts.
Too much is brushed under the carpet and that is why the parents of children like "baby p" get away with it.