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Brave Lewis’s legacy will live on after move to scrap child burial fees in Bassetlaw

Lewis Dixon was just 14 when he passed away.
Lewis Dixon was just 14 when he passed away.

A brave Worksop woman who campaigned for child burials to be made free in the district after losing her much-loved grandson to a brain tumour says his legacy will live on after her quest was successful.

Carol Dixon thought the last thing she and her family would have to worry about was money after 14-year-old Lewis passed away in December, as they assumed there were no fees for child burials.

However, the former nurse was shocked when the family’s claim to cover burial costs was rejected by the Department for Work and Pensions as Lewis’s dad, Sean, was in full-time employment.

After carrying out research, Carol discovered there were no set national policies on child burial and cremation fees – leaving some parents faced with the unimaginable task of organising their child’s funeral struggling financially.

Knowing something had to be done, Carol contacted Bassetlaw District Council which waived the charge and set the ball rolling to implement new legislation that will see removal of these types of fees.

The council had already been looking to do this after Prime Minister Theresa May announced child burial fees would be waived nationally following the creation of a Child’s Funeral Fund.

However, the government is yet to provide a set date for this new legislation and councillors wanted to ensure child burial fees in Bassetlaw were removed indefinitely after hearing Lewis’s story.

Carol said: “The last thing I would ever want is for Lewis to be forgotten and I’m so glad I can do this in his name. Lewis was special and is so missed – our family is still deep in grief.

“Trying to make a difference through this and raising awareness of brain tumours in children keeps me going.

“The death of a child brings with it the most awful time imaginable. Now instead of worrying about savings or loans, families in these horrific circumstances can focus on saying goodbye.

“I don’t want this new legislation to ever be used, but inevitably it will be.

“It’s a huge source of comfort to know this side of things will at least be taken care of.”